When you think about your day, what ought to’s and should’s do you have in your head? If you make it through today’s to-do list, will you lay your head on the pillow tonight and be at peace? What if life interrupts your list? WIll you end the day frustrated?
I’ve struggled as long as I remember with performance mentality. If I achieve X or Y today, it’s been a good day. If I accomplish this or that long-term goal, I’m Successful with a capital S.
Are you this way, too? If so, pick up this short book and be reminded of this basic biblical truth: God’s goal for us is growth, not perfection. If you leaned into grace today, it doesn’t matter what you did or didn’t accomplish. You’re already amazing to God.
The message Holley Gerth shares is that we don’t have to do more, be more, or have more to be loved and accepted by God. And that concept, when embraced, sets us free to live with joy. It is, after all, the truth, and the truth sets us free. I, for one, need to be reminded of this truth often.
This book gives so many practical ways to apply that biblical truth. If you’re a lister, you can fill out all the blanks and even come up with a LIFE LIST. If you relate to concepts you can roll around in your mind throughout the day, Gerth provides plenty of those. For example: Is your action motivated by love or fear? If the motivation is fear, stop the action. Figure out what you’re wired by God to do, and do that. Simply live in love.
If you’re a bottom-line kind of reader, here it is: You are free to live in joy. Free to be who you are. If you’re loving God, others, and yourself, you’re already doing enough . . . you’re already amazing.
Don’t just settle for the bottom line, though. Read the whole book, think about the lists, ponder the truths presented with gentle grace. Revel in the fact that you are amazing, No matter what the state of your to-do list may be.
You’re Already Amazing is the current book selection of the Bloom Book Club. You’re welcome to join the club!