~ Some of us worry about squeezing into a bathing suit and facing a world full of judging stares.
~ Others get feelings hurt when party invites don’t find their way into email in-boxes.
~ Some lack the confidence to fill the summer with fun activities for their kids.
~ And others bake in jealousy because they don’t take the cool vacations like other families do.
Sometimes we get tangled in old behaviors at family reunions. It’s easy to get knotted up in unrealistic expectations when we can’t keep up with laundry or other chores. We can even feel like a “bad” Christian for struggling to find time and space to connect with God.
Those tangles leave us feeling like we’re not measuring up in places we should — places we usually do.
Truth is, summer can be a whole new trigger to make us feel worthless.
But it doesn’t stop there.
We often unwillingly embrace the guilt and shame that comes along with the “I’m not good enough” feelings.
Yep. I get it friend. Been there. Done it. Bought the stinkin’-stupid T-shirt.
But I want this summer to be different. You, too?
Well, here are 3 steps that can help:
1) Change how you see things
Instead of seeing the dirty dishes and laundry piles as signs of failure, choose to see them as visual reminders that you’re wringing every ounce of fun out of summer. Like the song goes… Let. It. Go.
2) Change how you translate things
Choose to not live the offended life. Don’t over-analyze the words or actions of others. Instead, decide to believe their heart for you is good… and ask God to untangle yours… so your heart can be good for them, too.
3) Change how you feel about things
Give yourself grace for not being perfect. Go out and rock that swimsuit. Who cares what others think. And for Pete’s sake… take the pressure off making this #TheBestSummerEver for the kids.
But don’t forget that in the mix of these – and most importantly – ask God to loosen those knots that are tangling you up.
Because friend… your best efforts are good enough. But God is the only One who can loosen those knots and untangle your summer.
So ask Him.