Today was a Tuesday, and Tuesdays are rough days for me. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but something about Tuesdays just gets me down in the dumps. Maybe it’s my busy schedule, or maybe it’s the knowledge that there is still the remainder of a long and stressful week ahead of me. Anyway, I decided to write a letter to myself to read on my future Tuesdays, and because I know that I’m not the only one who has bad days, maybe you’ll find it encouraging as well. Insert your own name.
You’re having a rough day. Perhaps your morning didn’t start off the way you planned, or you’re struggling under the weight of everything you have to accomplish today. Maybe everyone was not considerate or compassionate toward you. Maybe you worked hard and gave everything your all today, and it somehow still wasn’t enough, or you’re frustrated with yourself because you weren’t as productive as you wish you could have been.
Maybe you looked in the mirror and didn’t like what you saw, or you felt like a pest when you had to ask someone around you for help. It’s possible that your tongue slipped and you said something that was unkind, and you wish you could take it back. You reflected on your life and on the world around you, and you just weren’t satisfied with what you observed in yourself and in others. Your heart aches today.
Whatever it is that happened today, I encourage you to take a step back and remember a few things:
Amberly, you’re made in the image of the very same God who created the heavens and the earth. It is He that formed you, and He did this with more love and intention than you can fathom. Even though you don’t fully understand this, He has loved you with an everlasting love. There was never a time when His love for you wasn’t there, and there will never be a time when it will no longer be.
Today you faced many challenges, but you were never alone in any of these, because your God, through Jesus, came from heaven to earth as a man, and He gave His life for you in order that He might be with you. This display of love doesn’t make sense to you, as you know that you rebel against Him every day in more ways than you can count… but you’re His beloved creation, and out of His love for you, He has decided to pursue your heart to no end, whatever the cost.
If this isn’t enough to cheer you up, remember that Jesus didn’t stay dead. His authority, His love, and His power were enough to beat even death; His love for you conquered its greatest enemy. As you struggle against the dark depths of your own heart on a daily basis, His life is there giving you life. The price for your rebellion against your Father is already paid, and your sin has been nailed to the cross. As you make the daily choice to put your faith in what God has done for you, He’s making the promise to continue to be with you and to grow you to be more like Christ until the day that He comes back. You have nothing to fear. Not even your own worst sins can separate you from the love that He has for you anymore.
He walked with you today, and He will walk with you through all the days to come. On every day ahead, by yourself you will not be adequate, but He will be more than enough for you. Turn your focus off of yourself, and seek His face. Remind yourself of His character. He will give you hope when you have none, He will give you the ability to turn back and repent when you mess up, He will tell you that you are loved when you don’t love yourself, He’ll be there to comfort you when others hurt you, and He will pick you up when you fall. He sings songs over you and He is always rejoicing in you. He will be patient with you when you lose your focus, and His love for you will never run dry.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written ‘For your sake we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:35-39
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17