By: Ali Hoffman
Hi friend. It’s me, Ali: professional doodler and hand model. (No, seriously, I was in a how-to-video for a phone product… it’s on my resume.) I just want to take a moment and remind you how awesome you are, how needed you are, and how seen you are.
Sometimes we can read a lot of posts about how-to become the best [fill in the blank]; the best disciple, the best sister, the best friend, the best student, etc., which are all great because navigating this world as a Christian woman can be hard so we need wisdom from other people. But this piece won’t be a list of things you can do to become a better disciple, or ways you can improve your prayer life, or even how you can love Jesus better.
This is just a reminder that you’re doing better than you think you are.
There is a unique chaotic-ness thriving in this world that makes me feel like my life is out of control and I’m just trying to survive until I make it to the next day. I often feel like I have to be the perfect disciple or have the perfect gifts in order to be used by God and so I frequently feel like a complete failure.
Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever feel pressure to have it all together? To know exactly what you want to be doing in life and praying that it is perfectly aligned with God’s will?
Friend, breathe. You are seen. You are loved. And your efforts are not wasted.
One of my favorite saints and a great friend to all Be Love Revolutionaries is Mother Teresa. She dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor all over the world, but more than that, she loved deeply anyone and everyone who was in front of her. I had a professor in college who was her confessor whenever she traveled to Rome and he told us stories of her great capacity to be fully engaged with whomever was in front of her. She had a great confidence in Jesus’ love for her, and knew deeply that whomever was in front of her was Jesus in disguise.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from reading about Mother Teresa’s life was her ability to completely trust that Jesus would provide and guide. I’m a problem solver and a classic over-thinker. I try and plan out what the next 10 years of my life will look like and get super anxious and stressed when one part of my plan doesn’t work out. Mother Teresa trusted that Jesus is who He says He is and if He is who He says He is, then I am who He says I am.
I am His beloved.
I am seen.
I am wanted.
And He is in control.
There are so many people that surround you every single day who need to be reminded of this truth. There is someone in your life right now that needs to be reminded the she’s doing better than she thinks she is (or he is…).
Continue to do small things, even unnoticed things, with great love and trust that Jesus is shaping, molding, and using you in powerful ways.