Dear Younger Me,
Hey, you. This is one you’ll need to read a lot. I don’t know if you’ll ever master it, and I hope you will, but it’s something I still struggle with and hope you will learn from me now. Here it is in three simple (or not so simple) words: Give yourself grace.
I wish you would hold onto this in every area of your life more than I have. In sports, when you are scared to mess up but you’re just learning what to do, give yourself grace, because you will learn. In school, when the weight of homework keeps you up at night, give yourself grace, and allow your best to be good enough. When you move into a new season of life and can’t stop the tears because you are grieving the old, give yourself grace, because you’re doing your best.
The people around you see your hard work, and they care about your hard work, but they also care about you. They don't expect perfection, and they know the days just get hard sometimes. You don't need to muscle your way through on your own.
You’re not only human, but you’re also learning. You can try to carry yourself on your own, and you can try to be perfect, but the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 ‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”’ Remember God’s grace, and give yourself some grace, too, okay?