Being raised to be honest, and with a "confess one's sins" mentality, I developed a habit of volunteering to anyone the mistakes I've made, the bad I've done, and the ways in which I have failed, as if to say, "Well, here are all the terrible things I can think of about me, just so you know, up front. Are you sure you want to know me?"
Below I have made a list of what is good and true for myself, and I invite you to do the same for yourself. Claim it. It is fun and easy once you get started! Remember the good and true of who you are. Enjoy and appreciate yourself.
I am loving.
I am friendly.
I am helpful.
I am caring.
I am sensitive, tender, brave, and faithful.
I am talented, persistent, curious, and experiential.
I am artistic, imaginative, perceptive, and expressive.
I am desirable, memorable, adorable, and worthy.
I am thoughtful, kind, compassionate, and prayerful.
I am lighthearted, funny, optimistic, and forgiving.
I am enthusiastic, passionate, encouraging, and inspiring.
I am dedicated, consecrated, trusting, and blessed.
Wow! What a great list of attributes! They are definitely good, and they are true. Yet knowing I will soon push the publish button, there is a hesitancy to make such bold claims about myself. Isn't that weird?
A voice inside my head cries out, 'Come on, Lisa, is all that really true all the time?' To which I reply, to the best of my ability, YES, and on occasion when it is not, with thanks to the Great Creator, the Ultimate Artist, the Light and the Way, I will add one more:
I AM redeemed by grace, in truth and with love!