It’s Not About Where You are Starting From

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It’s not about where you are starting from, it’s about how far you have come. Often, the first time we do most things, there is room for improvement. I can remember some of my first races, the first semester in college, first-year teaching, first-year married, and as a parent. These areas each included challenging first moments.

Very few things can be controlled and excelled at during a first experience doing something. Expect to be terrible the first time.

Terrible First Time

Brené Brown recently said it well on her podcast. “This is your terrible first time making your way through a pandemic”.

None of us have ever navigated a time like this before. Expect it is like most first times, and will be tough. As our lives are becoming more simplified, they are becoming equally as challenging.

The best thing we can do is realize that first times are tough. The best thing to do is focus on grace. We can be better than we deserve to be when there is extra grace. Grace can be defined as undeserved kindness.

Show Yourself the Grace You Would Show Others

We need to show it to everyone around us, and most importantly ourselves. Be gentle with yourself. It’s your first time tackling something bigger than you could have imagined. And, you are exactly where you need to be.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8–9).

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