I ran across these 2 quotes by Tim Keller while reading online today. I really liked them and they truly spoke to me..hope they speak to you too.
The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.
If Jesus is your center and Lord and you fail him, he will forgive you. Your career can’t die for your sins. You might say, ‘If I were a Christian I’d be going around pursued by guilt all the time!’ But we all are being pursued by guilt because we must have an identity and there must be some standard to live up to by which we get that identity. Whatever you base your life on – you have to life up to that. Jesus is the one Lord you can live for who died for you – who breathed his last breath for you. Does that sound oppressive?
I think the first one spoke to me the deepest though. I’ve written a lot and read others who have written a lot lately about dealing with what others think or perceive about them. It seems we all so greatly struggle with the image that others have of us or the ways that people treat us. We women seem to internalize that so greatly that it begins to define who we are. If someone says bad things about me or if something treats me poorly, then it is so hard for me not to dwell on that, not to let it eat away inside of me. This quote really drives home the truth. I am loved for who I am, who I am becoming…and it reminds me to take my eyes of of myself and onto Christ.