This quote has been circulating around facebook recently.
It got me thinking about what we teach in the Spirited Life program about self-compassion. We take great pains to explain that self-compassion isn’t about having no standards, or giving yourself license to behave badly, but about seeing yourself the way God sees you. I wonder if this quote is getting at a deeper truth along the same lines. We all know that we are called to refrain from judging other people, but we are reticent to give up judging ourselves. But what is the standard by which we judge ourselves? If I am judging myself by my ability to be someone other than who God created me to be, I will live my whole life believing that I am stupid, or ineffectual, or unworthy of love. And isn’t that implicitly saying to God,” The person you created me to be isn’t good enough?” What if we actually believed that everyone is a genius, in the sense that everyone is created in the image of God, including ourselves? Would we live differently?