Some days, I just need a swift kick in the pants. The spoiled brat in me is ugly.
I throw around phrases like “Why me?” and “I deserve better.”
Yep. It’s ugly.
My ugly entitled heart is displeasing to the Lord.
I hate the pride that rises up within me. I surrender it over and over again at the foot of the cross. Yet, I find that I am still a manipulative narcissist in the depths of my soul.
I think I am brilliant. I tend to put my needs first. I secretly envy the successes of others. I find great enjoyment in flattery and praise.
At my worst, I grow resentful and impatient when I don’t get my way. Rather than concern, I lean toward criticism.
Lord, help me to fight the ugly is my daily prayer.
How to Fight the Ugly:
- Choose an attitude of gratitude: Be a blessing counter, not a complainer. Remember some days we have to offer up a hard hallelujah as a fragrant offering.
- Look forward with hope: Rather than focus on our circumstances, let’s keep eternity in view. Our hope in Christ is rooted in the past, endures in the present, and is fixed forward on our eternal glory in the future.
- Pray for perseverance: Ask God to help you stay planted in faith. Stand strong in grace and dig in with determination.
- Breathe in the peace of God: Choose rest and allow God to renew your spirit.
I will be grateful for this day. Ugly won’t get the best of me.
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