I had finished my shower, put on clean clothes, and was brushing my teeth before leaving for lunch. My outside was clean.
But on the inside, I was still a mess.
I was dreading a potential outcome. Complaining about a person. Whining about an annoyance.
It’s the attitude. It’s what gets me.
And I knew it was bad. I told myself, “I’m pathetic,” completing the loop, passing judgment not only on others, but also on myself.
So when I read these words this weekend in an e-newsletter from Richard Rohr about Thérèse of Lisieux, I copied them down.
I share them today with you, in case you’re ever impatient with yourself, like I am, for quicker transformation.
When Thérèse, even at her young age, became assistant to the novice mistress, she counseled one sister who was impatient with her own impatience: “Sister, can you be willing to be patient with yourself until God gives you the willingness to be patient with the other sisters?”
I’m grateful that the grace we’re called to give others is the same grace that God wants us to give ourselves. He gives enough grace to cover us all.
- Be patient with your impatience.
- Be grace-filled toward your gracelessness.
- Be non-judgmental about your judgmentalism.
We may not always act clean—we (and others) see that every day—because of our human frailties. But we are clean because Jesus has said so. And we can know that he’s still growing us, daily, into his image, even though progress is slower than we’d like.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, inside or out.
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Is it hard for you to show yourself compassion? Please share here.
- If you don’t see God at work, maybe you’re not looking
- Is Jesus in your house?