Dear Younger Me,
You’ll have moments where you’ll feel like you really blew it. You’ll mess something up, and you’ll feel sick to your stomach as you’re mulling it over and over. Some day you might laugh about some of those things, but I know some mistakes are hard to forget.
But here’s what I would hope for you – that you’d learn to see that mistakes don’t make you unlovable. That you’d recognize that you’re human. That you’d remind yourself of who you really are and pour God’s truth over yourself when you naturally want to see yourself as a failure when things like this happen.
Because here’s the thing – when you feel like no one could love you, God still does. He’s loved you through every “I’ve blown it” moment you have had and ever will. And trust me, you’ll feel so much better when you remind yourself of that instead of reliving the failure in your head. Of course, it’s important to acknowledge the mistake, and take what you learned, pick yourself up, and move forward, but choose not to live in the identity that the mistake makes YOU a mistake. That is the furthest from the truth. You are not a mistake, because God doesn’t make mistakes.