Inside my head, there are two opposing thoughts that continue to polarize my life.
On one side I think I am so smart. On the other side, I am so stupid
On one side I think I am so strong. On the other side, I am so weak.
On one side I think I am deeply spiritual. On the other side, I am completely sinful.
On one side I think I am a masterpiece. On the other side, I am a wretch.
On one side I think I am clear thinking. On the other side, I am a mess.
On one side I think I am nearly perfect. On the other side, I am far from perfect.
On one side I think I am totally awesome. On the other side, I am a total failure.
If you were to take all of the stories of my life you would find there is ample evidence for either side of the equation. Believe me, I have spent many nights replaying both sides in my head.
One of the great struggles in life is to find the proper middle ground for thinking about myself.
In Jesus, the Bible proclaims that we are sinners but it also tells us that we are saints. We are both a wretch and a masterpiece at the same time. As believers, we have to live with this tension. We ought not to think too highly of ourselves but we must not think too lowly either. The tendency of most people I know is that they only see one side of the story. We bounce between over inflated egos and depression.
The bad news is that you are not as good as you think you are. The good news is that you are not as bad as you think you are. The best news is that you are everything you think you are in Jesus.
You are a foolish person who is wise in Christ.
You are a weak person who is strong in the Lord.
You are a sinner who can connect to God in Jesus.
You are a wretch who Jesus made into a masterpiece.
You are a mess who found the truth in Jesus.
You are imperfect and were made perfect in Jesus.
You have failed but God has forgiven you in Jesus.
Be clear about who you are and who you are not. Wrong beliefs about yourself will lead you down a dark path in life. Jesus helps us think clearly and brings the light of life.