Friday, September 14, 2018

How to Say Goodbye to Guilt

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Just seeing that word makes you feel guilty, doesn't it?

My particular brand of guilt includes things such as feeling guilty for:
I even feel guilty for having guilt.  And don't even get me started about Mom Guilt.  

How to Say Goodbye to Your Guilt

My guilt is compounded by the fact that my body seems to be working against me (during the times when it works at all).  Having a chronic disorder such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome comes with an extra heaping helping of guilt because, thanks to today's emphasis on perfection and being productive, I often feel like I'm not good enough or worth anything.

But what it really boils down to is that I feel guilty for not measuring up to the world's standards. 

But guess what? That doesn't matter.  Instead I should be asking myself, "Do I measure up to God's standards?"

It's time to make a distinction between bad guilt and healthy guilt.  You read that right.  Yes, it's actually good to feel guilt sometimes!  Some of those things you feel guilty for are because God's giving you a little nudge.

And going back to the guilt that is brought on by being chronically ill...that's caused by taking my focus off of what God says about me in the Bible.  God says that I am a child of God (I John 3:1-2), made in His image (Genesis 1:27), and created by Him (Psalms 139:13).  My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19) and God is focused on my heart rather than my physical body (I Samuel 16:7).

How to say goodbye to the guilt: @sunshineNspoons

God created me for a specific reason.  I may not be able to do everything that everyone else can do but I don't need to feel guilty for that because God has created me (and you!) to do what He has set for me to do.  As long as I'm fulfilling my purpose in God, nothing else matters, especially the world's yardstick.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10

It's time to change my mindset.  Instead of feeling guilty each day for what I'm doing or not doing, I'm going to focus on God.  I choose instead to live each day, each moment for Him alone.  I'll focus on the healthy guilt that encourages me to change to be more like Christ and stop focusing on how I don't measure up to what the world says I should be.

Are you ready to let go of the world's guilt?

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