After a conversation with my daughter, I began to think about how most of us struggle with falling short.
In our conversation she shared with me how she had been cleaning and working all weekend long but had not finished her kitchen cleaning yet. She didn’t list the things she had completed in those two days, yet she fretted over the one thing she didn’t finish.
I understood exactly how she felt. I will often go into the office early and work. I work hard to get my writings done, all paperwork caught up, emails answered, prayers sent out to partners. By day’s end I have accomplished a great deal. Yet, the thing that remains on my mind, is the one thing I didn’t get done.
If most of our house is clean, we fret about the one room we didn’t get to. If we eat good all week long, we worry about the day we had two cupcakes. If our kids get all A’s and one B, that one B seems to capture our attention more so than all the A’s they made. Falling short, we all feel it.
Falling short is often a mindset for many of us. One that needs to be changed.
Whatever is good and lovely…think on that.
On days you feel you are failing or falling short, stop looking at all that is left undone. Instead, acknowledge all the things that were accomplished. Instead of looking at all the things you are doing wrong, look at all the things you are doing right.
And please pass this on to your children. Instead of looking at all the places they are falling short, acknowledge and celebrate the things they are doing right. Give them more compliments than criticism. It will be life changing for them. Their attitudes will change, and their life will become easier because they feel accepted and celebrated.
Life is filled with so many good things, but we can’t see them if we are focused on the negative. We may have many wonderful accomplishments, but we won’t recognize them if we are only looking at our shortcomings.
Many of us do the same thing in our walk with Jesus. We believe we should read the Bible more, pray more, fast more often – walk in love better – forgive easier – be more patient – whatever it is…we think what we have done is never enough.
The good news is we can renew our minds. We can literally change the way we think.
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable— if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think on these things.”
Once we begin to focus on the good things and the goodness of God, the rest will fall away. We only need to train our minds to think on what God says to think on. In God we are enough – not because of anything we do or don’t do – because of Jesus and because He loves us just the way we are, even if we are still a work in progress – He loves us, accepts us, and celebrates us in the process. For that, I am so thankful.
Today, as you go about your day, don’t focus on what you did not finish. Focus on your accomplishments. Don’t look at your shortcomings, celebrate your achievements.
Instead of beating yourself up for what you didn’t do, thank God for all He helped you do. Whatever is good and lovely…think on that. Shift your mind. It will change your life.
Appoint My Days
I dwell in the secret place of the Most-High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. He is my refuge and fortress; I will trust in Him. He will deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from perilous pestilence. A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not come near me. No evil will befall me, nor any plague come nigh my dwelling. God will give His angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways and bear me up in their hands. God will be with me in trouble and deliver me.