"God is fully aware that you and I are not perfect.
"Let me add: God is also fully aware that the people you think are perfect are not.And yet we spend so much time and energy comparing ourselves to others—usually comparing our weaknesses to their strengths. This drives us to create expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet. As a result, we never celebrate our good efforts because they seem to be less than what someone else does. . . .
"Dear sisters, many of you are endlessly compassionate and patient with the weaknesses of others. Please remember also to be compassionate and patient with yourself. "
Do you ever feel inadequate? Do you ever fall prey to the trap of comparison? I do. A few years ago I realized that I needed to stop trying to be the best, and that doing my best would be healthier and more attainable.
Have you ever stopped to think what being your very best would be like? Every time I think of it, I see a glimpse of my true potential and I'm almost frightened by how big it is.
But it's a glimpse of the end that I'm getting, not of the present. I can't magically jump to the end and have it all now. If I eventually want to grow into the best I can be, I need to do my best now, even if it's hard, even if I sometimes disappoint myself.