God NEEDS you to compliment him

by Elizabeth on January 10, 2013

Yesterday started with a quick 6 mile run around the lake followed by strides. I met up with some friends for lunch, but I was running late so just grabbed whatever I could find. Fake it to make it. I grabbed some portabella tuscan chicken (chicken, barley, mushrooms, spinach, red peppers, and asparagus in tuscan sauce) along with a Core Power protein shake and a banana. It got the job done.

One of my friends mentioned at lunch how she had really been struggling with similar things that I have mentioned here in the past, such as putting a lot of energy into trying to be “good enough”. In my case, it has been things such as running, spirituality, and school, in her case it is dancing, but really it can be anything. The issue of self worth is a hard one to grasp sometimes.

Another friend pointed out that if worth was based on performance, it wouldn’t be stable. How often did I ace a test only to have a terrible race that same week? It’s pretty unsettling to think your worth is conditional (even though society says you are only worthy if you have x amount of money, are young, happy, and flawless? since we’re all ALL of those things, right?)

She told us to think of ourselves like Mac computers that they slap a hard drive on at the factory. God slaps our worth on at the moment of conception by granting us or soul and being. Your work shouldn’t be around trying to figure out if your worthy and ways to prove it. It should be around figuring out how to live out of what you value. What do you absolutely love about yourself? If God were to walk into the room, what qualities about yourself would you thank him for?

It’s great to feel accomplishment from things, and God designed it this way for our enjoyment, but sometimes I have trouble keeping that in perspective. I tell myself I’m only worthy if I’m doing. To challenge our thinking habits around, “I’m only worthy if?” we went around the room and listed things we just love about ourselves that were gifts from God.

For me, I love that I am a passionate person. I put my whole heart and soul into those passions (i.e. family, being a wife and mom, running, scrapbooking, desserts?) I am a good listener and I remember details really well. I have deep relationships with people. And I like that my mind is quick and witty. It makes it more fun to be in my head at times ;-) My job going forward is to be a good steward of what I’ve been given. How can I enrich my own life and the lives of others with these gifts?

Big stuff to ponder, so lets move to some lighter topics!

Dinner was leftovers and I ended the night with a few or more pieces of heaven. Also, check back this afternoon for another post. I have some weekend plans I can’t wait to tell you about!

Question you MUST answer:

What qualities do you have that you just LOVE about yourself! I know it’s hard to answer this. It seems conceited and like you’re bragging but SPOILER ALERT: You didn’t create you. Sorry. God did. So it’s actually complimenting God and He loves to hear compliments from you :-)

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1 Sarah @PickyRunner January 11, 2013 at 8:30 am

This heavy stuff is too heavy for me this morning haha no but really…
Totally off topic but do you like your gel noosa tris? I can see them in one of your pictures. I’ve kind of been lusting after them for years because of how obnoxiously colorful they are. The brighter the better.
I’m excited to see what you have going on this weekend!
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2 Elizabeth January 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

Yes I love them! This is actually my second pair. They definitely aren’t for running a ton of miles since they are more like racing flats. I honestly wear them on a day to day basis more than I run in them. But for races I will definitely say they are top notch!

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3 Alex @ therunwithin January 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

this is a tough one, self worth is so hard to wrap my head around. really hard. I feel like I forget that I do deserve things because I was created for that, rather than putting myself down. Great message for this Friday
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4 Elizabeth January 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

Thanks Alex!

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5 Joe Sauvageau January 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

I am thankful for my patience, kindness, and truthfulness. Also, I feel blessed to have multiple talents because I enjoy living a balanced life where I can enjoy many different things. God bless you!

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6 Elizabeth January 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

I love those things about you too! I also love that you have a light hearted approach to life and have lots of integrity in things you do :-)

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7 Lauren January 11, 2013 at 10:46 am

Wow what a great question! I think for too long I was basing my worth on what place I finished in a race, how much my times were improving, first my grades in college and now how well I do on my teaching evaluations at my job, etc. I never really stopped to think about myself from within and ask myself, what QUALITIES do I love about myself?
I love that I am so so patient. I love being a good listener and feel happy that people trust me enough to come to me with problems. I love how deeply I feel LOVE for my husband, our son, our families, and close friends.
I honestly don’t think I have ever answered those questions about myself in my 29 years! Thank you for asking!

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8 Elizabeth January 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Lauren! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer it. Isn’t it such a different feeling to think about the great things God gave you as opposed to how you should be better? I’m so glad you can see who you REALLY are :-)

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9 [email protected] January 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

The spoiler alert at the end of your post was such a perfect way to end it…
I am thankful that I smile a lot and that it seems to brighten the days of others, that I am smart and (sometimes) funny, that I am raising my sons to be strong individuals, and that I am able to see the good in others.
Thank you! That wasn’t easy but it was worth it. :)
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10 Elizabeth January 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Stephanie you sound like a person I’d want to be around! I love people who smile and brighten people’s days, it really is contagious. And I love that you can see good in others! A lot of times it’s easy to think the worst of people so that is an excellent quality to have my friend!

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11 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Love this. Seriously. I used to really struggle with the notion that my self-worth was directly tied to my performance and accomplishments, but the older (and wiser?) I get, the more I realize that just being ME is enough… Like you said, God gave us each a life and we’re all here for a reason, so that in itself means we’re worth a whole heck of a lot. What do I love about me? That I care about others. That I’m honest. That I’m loyal. That I’m determined.

Happy Friday!
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12 Elizabeth January 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm

It’s a common struggle I would guess. Not something we are raised t believe naturally. I’m glad the wiser you is seeing your true greatness :-)

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