Public Service Announcement: Quit apologizing for yourself.
I’ll admit it… this is a HUGE pet peeve. But I’m not a blogger of pet peeves. So please take this for what it is… I’m jumping on the Brene Brown bandwagon and begging you to stop shaming yourself.
Just stop. When someone stops by for an unannounced visit – don’t apologize for the state of cleanliness in your home. They didn’t expect it to be spotless. Stop jumping on Periscope and within the first 3 seconds of the video start apologizing for something. (I know, I shouldn’t just pick on Periscope… this happens on most every social media outlet.)
Stop apologizing for the lighting, stop apologizing for the fact that you don’t have makeup on, stop apologizing for the fact that your kids are running around in the background, stop apologizing for the background noise…. stop apologizing for being you and what your world looks like. Reality is reality.
By doing so you’re just adding to the tape player in your head that continually runs… shaming yourself of every expectation (your OWN expectation).
Grant yourself some grace and forgive yourself already. Period. You won’t be perfect. I won’t be perfect.
No one expects either of us to be perfect … and if they do expect that of us we don’t need them in our lives.
Can I get an AMEN?! Just be YOU! The rest will come naturally.
Better yet… accept His grace… for it is enough.
Linked above is Matt Maher’s song “Your Grace is Enough”, which is based on the premise that Christ’s grace is sufficiently enough. He has covered us in His love. His mercies are new every morning.
Lamentations 3 tells us all about that.