I learned an important lesson over the past few months. This lesson is one I've learned many times, but for the first time in a long time I was reminded to look inside myself and see my divine potential and purpose.
As women we tend to put ourselves down to tell ourselves we are not good enough. I recently read an article from another blog called "Drops of Awesome."In this article she expresses that each time you do something good no matter how big or small it may be, that you give yourself a drop of awesome! For example, picking up a bubble gum rapper off the street that you have seen a million times...drop of awesome. Clean up a dirty rag that's been sitting out for two days...drop of awesome. Sending a friendly message to your neighbor...drop of awesome. Sharing a smile with a stranger...drop of awesome! The list goes on and on. But we tend to forget about these little acts that we do each day expecting ourselves to be perfect when simply we are not. Once we've accomplished something good we back it up by saying things like "well I've never done that before. Why does that make me any better then yesterday?"
We as daughters of a Heavenly Father need to remember our divine nature as women. We shouldn't tear ourselves down. I know I have been a victim of this very act often. I realized that I look at myself almost daily and tell myself that I am not good enough. That yeah I may have done one good act of service today, but will that make me any better tomorrow? These words should not be said. It is self abuse! That is exactly what Satan targets. He targets women in such way that we look at ourselves and say "I am not good enough." This is how he breaks a family and tears a family apart by targeting the most important part of the family, the mother.
The world has many ideas of what a women should be and what a woman should look like. But what the world does not know is what a woman is on the inside, her divine nature. That is not important to the media, to marketing or advertising companies. I've noticed lately that every where I go I feel like all anyone can talk about is clothing, make-up, exercise, how each other looks and how we can look better. For me and my family all our money goes into just trying to make it through another month with food and clothing that we have. I don't have the money to go out and spend on frivolous things that I would love to have. I don't have the means to get a new wardrobe so in turn Satan backfires that aspect of life on me and while it seems others are shopping and getting new clothes and accessories for their home and such, I begin to feel like I need more. Like I need a better wardrobe to feel good about myself or to make my home a place where others will feel comfortable I need to add to my home.
I'm noticing with the people around me that there is so much that everyone wants. It's like we need more and more to be happy. But I am learning that this is not the case. My mother and father in-law have gone throughout their whole life together with very little money and yet they have so much. They have what is really important. A loving family and great memories that will last forever. But especially what I have learned from all of this is that it is important to be grateful for the things that you have and especially to remember who you are and what your divine purpose is on this earth.
It's not about the "stuff," It's not about what you look like on the outside, it is what you are on the inside that really matters. I know that has been said a million times, but it is true. There is so much more to one person then what is on the outside. If we just take the time to look at one another as daughters and sons of a loving Father in Heaven, there will be no need to tear each other down. You wouldn't yell at someone on the road if you knew who they were so why not think of everyone like you already know them.
Think of yourself as a daughter or son of God. Remember it is he who really matters. I don't know about you, but instead of thinking "what will everyone else think of me?" I want to think "What does my Father in Heaven think of me?"
We are all divine and have a divine purpose in this life. When we feel that we are less and have nothing to give. Remember we are not perfect, that is why we have a Savior. When we are giving all that we have, when we are giving ourselves those drops of awesome, when we are doing everything we can to be perfected in him, he knows we are doing our best and that is good enough. When we have done all we can, he will fill in the rest. Remember to give yourself those drops of awesome. Remember who you are!