Sunday, during a short talk about Mother's Day I shared the phrase, "You're doing better than you think" to our mom's. We live in a day and time where people are very discouraged and feel inadequate.
There was a moment as I shared those words, that I felt a profound heaviness among our congregation. I can't really describe it to be honest, but I felt the weight of how discouraged and beat up people feel.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
Paul declared to the Corinthian Christians that they are made completely new. The gospel reminds us that our identity is not tied to our ability to perform, our failures, and/or our shame. Our identity rests solely in Christ. It's only in Christ that we can find the approval we seek and in Him alone. It reminds of this clip Pastor Steven Furtick shared from the movie Moneyball:
In the midst of all your nightmares of your greatest failures crashing in on you, you don't even realize you are hitting home runs. You are doing better than you think. You are loved by God and your impact and influence is making greater strides than you think.