Start Right Where You Are

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”-Maya Angelou

“Be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet.”

Audiobooks are an excellent way to read in a time-crunch. And I’m often in a time-crunch. Audiobooks give me the freedom to take in information while I do the dishes. While I drive. While I walk around from room to room like a chicken with my head cut off picking up a sock here, a candy wrapper there, a toy over there, cleaning for an hour and having nothing to show for it. Audiobooks also give me the excuse that I am “doing research” or “feeding my emotional soul” while I am really just lying in bed doing nothing but listening.

I just borrowed a book by Sam Bennett. I have only barely begun, but what immediately drew me to this book in particular was it’s title. Start Right Where You Are.

I often feel like I am not good enough. Why can’t I get a better job? Why can’t I be a better parent? Why does everyone else seem to have a “real life” except for me?

Start where you are.

A reader commented something like how we relate to each other better because we all make mistakes. I appreciated this perspective. We worry about our image and how we appear to others, however, we often bond over common weaknesses, and share similar stories of mistakes and fails.

The feelings that I don’t measure up have a lot to do with regrets. Why didn’t I finish college? Why didn’t I do these activities with the kids when they were little? Why do I make identical mistakes, the day after I said “I won’t make this same mistake tomorrow”?

Start right where I am.

Get to work tomorrow. Go above and beyond in some way. Help a co-worker. Share an idea. I don’t need a promotion tomorrow. I can aim to make a difference instead.

Do not resort to yelling at my kids tomorrow. Recognize my frustrations usually stem from something other than their direct actions. It’s more about me than about them. I don’t have to be a perfect parent. I can aim to be calmer.

Jesus is the only perfect person who has ever lived. God does not require me to be perfect. He would like for me to follow Jesus’ example. But He will take me as I am. He will take you as you are.

You don’t have to be perfect.

YOU Matter.

I think
I’ve got nothing good to bring
But You look at my heart and You tell me
That I’ve got all You seek, oh
And it’s easy to believe even though I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me-“Free to Be Me” Franseca Battistelli

“…’My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.“-2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

Dear God,

Thank you for loving me just as I am. Thank you for the gift of grace. Please shape me into the person You want me to be, and help me to be patient with myself while You do so.

2 comments

  1. calensariel · 4 Days Ago

    I can so relate to “Why does everyone else seem to have a “real life” except for me?” Have you ever heard the song “Is There Life Out There?” by Reba McEntire? I spent most of my life chasing that question. You know what I discovered? Life is not OUT THERE, it’s in here <3. That unfulfilled longing I was chasing was more myth than reality. And 99.9% of people feel that way. Did it make it easier to cope? Sometimes. But mainly it made me look at life from a different perspective. I always thought everyone had it so much better (at least creatively) than me. That wasn't true… So keep looking. You'll find the answers.

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    • genevafry · 4 Days Ago

      I watched the music video. I cried. Thank you so much for sharing the song with me. There are so many beautiful, inspirational resources out there that you just never know exists until someone brings them to you.

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