My name is Janelle Keith and I’m addicted to coffee. I live in Oklahoma with two cats (don’t judge), and my loving husband, Terry. I have a big story of losing 132 lbs. and am wholly devoted to Jesus, my Savior instead of my sweet savior of chocolate. God uses my passion for writing, speaking life and encouragement, plus positive eating habits as He punches through your heart barriers. We are all under His grace and drawn in by His giant love of each one of us. You can connect with me more here: http://www.thejanellekeith.com.
As we get older we believe what our past has said about us or how our past has shaped our thoughts. Whatever the reason for our failures, either because of someone else or by our own bad choices in life, the hurt is buried. Recently, I had to dig down deep to rid myself of a bad thought life that was trying to overpower me. I let go of my past and I stopped its pursuit.
How can you put your past behind you?
Remember: God doesn't compare or criticize His children so why do we?
God placed us in the lives of others to build them up, not tear them down or try to dominate over each other. We are not to be takers but partakers in what God is doing in and through His children. God never intended for us to compete with each other. How often we injure our own and leave them for dead in the pew.
Hurt people hurt people. "Unfortunately, there are people who criticize, chastise and ridicule others for their work, efforts and accomplishments. They are like cats ready to pounce. Their own insecurities are their trigger." Bryan Hutchinson. (Shared from his eBook "Good Enough: Stop Seeking Perfection and Approval")
I will never find the perfect approval that my soul craves from an imperfect source. My self-esteem was bitten by the "disease to please" admits Lysa TerKeurst. I started praying this verse over my life and it changed my perspective and helped me resolve some past issues that continually pounced.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting." Ps. 139:23-24.
Has your perfectionism caused you to put on the facade of cattiness, gossiping, whining, sarcasm, martyrdom, cynicism, snide remarks, realism or feeling left wounded? "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can somehow become great." ~ Mark Twain.
Maybe you have been searching for validation, approval, and acceptance. Start by looking past your past to put that behind you and be grateful.