Here is a list of 5 things that I forget on a regular basis.
I am sharing them with you in case you are ever in the same boat.
I am Loved.... UNCONDITIONALLY
No matter who I am, what I do, or where I am on my journey, I am unconditionally loved by God. Remember the story of the Prodigal Son? I have to remember that God the Father will always welcome me back - no matter where I've been. I also have to remember that this is not a license to sin. However, it's nice to know that if I fall back, He will be there to catch me.
I am free to be me! It's who I was created to be!
I tend to compare myself to others. I also tend to worry about what people think of me or if what I am doing is living up to other people's image of me. I have to regularly remind myself that it is OK to be me! I was created this way. The gifts I have been given were given to me with purpose and intention by God. It is perfectly ok for me to use them.
I don't need to be so hard on myself.
If I fail, it's OK! The most important thing is what I learn from it. If I make a mistake in my career, my relationships, or education, I can't spend the rest of my life stewing about what I should have or could have done. Failure and struggle promotes growth. Many successful individuals have failed way more than they've succeeded. It is not my job to sit there and obsess about what I should have done. I need to be thinking about what I am learning and where I need to go.
I am the cause of a lot of my stress.
Most of my stress is because of my procrastination. Sometimes I put off my to-do list until the very end. I like to call it being "motivated by deadlines". However, this isn't necessarily the best thing for my mental health. Schedules and lists intimidate me, but they end up doing me more good than harm. I have to remember to embrace my organizational side and bust out the label maker and bright neon tabs.
I was chosen - John 15:16
When I am stressed, burned out, and questioning my purpose, I always have to return to this verse:
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
Never forget who you are and why you are doing what you are doing.
You were chosen! Your life has a purpose!