Have you ever felt like your life was suddenly under a microscope? Like all your flaws and shortcomings were being magnified simultaneously until they were so glaring that they were impossible to ignore? Maybe, like me, your first instinct is discouragement. Maybe you feel as if seeing all the worst in yourself is disheartening, because it makes you realize just how far you have to go until you are the person you want to be.
This may surprise you, but I’m here to tell you that the opposite is, in fact, true. Sometimes we go through seasons of life where our lack is on display because we’re coming up on a season where, in order to move on to better things, those remaining issues must be dealt with. It’s been said that we won’t ever actually change until the pain of doing so is less than the pain of staying the same. So maybe the “pain” you’re feeling from noticing all the things you want/need to change about yourself is actually a good thing. Maybe God is giving you the chance to change things so that He can bring you into a new level of purpose. In order to go there, though, you’ve got to address the remaining issues.
The point is that instead of feeling discouraged by the sudden appearance (or rather sudden notice) of your biggest flaws, feel encouraged. Know that these things are becoming more apparent to you for a reason, and that you noticing them is a good thing. Acknowledging them is the first step on your way to more freedom and a deeper level of your purpose. Thank God today for showing you the less than perfect places in your life, and then allow Him to begin fixing those areas through the power of His Holy Spirit.