Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Do Not Be Discouraged

"Do not allow yourselves to be made to feel inadequate or frustrated because you cannot do everything others seem to be accomplishing. Only you and your Father in Heaven know your needs, strengths, and desires. Around this knowledge your personal course must be charted and your choices made."
~Marvin. J. Ashton
This simple quote, really struck home to me today. In our busy world, I find it so easy to feel inadequate. There are so many things that need my attention. There are so many good things worth doing. Somehow, I don't have the time or the energy to keep up. This includes the moments that I need and want to spend writing. In my life, I have discovered that my choices are not so much between good and bad, rather they are between good and good. Like Mary and Martha, I am constantly struggling to choose the good part, the best part, the part that my Heavenly Father would have me choose.

Thank goodness that facts and the truth can be vastly different realities. While the facts of life may be saying you're too short, too heavy, too far in debt, your house is too small and your kids don't even like you, the truth is our adequacy, worth and value are never, ever, never determined by anything external.

I challenge you to tear down the lies that say you aren't good enough, smart enough or gifted enough to do what your Heavenly Father is asking you to do. He knows who you are, and what you are capable of. No matter what the world appears to be saying of you or no matter what your situation appears to be, remember that you are a child of God and He loves you. 

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