Encouragement life lessons

Sometimes you need to hear it again…

November 4, 2012

I posted this a few weeks ago but someone I love dearly needs to hear it again. And that’s how it works. So here’s an excerpt. Click here for the original post. 

I recently learned of a church near Vegas who is known for a slogan. They have it painted on walls, signs and shirts. Not far from the strip, it’s become their symbol of the open door the church should always have – no matter what you look like, feel, think or do.

It’s ok not to be ok.

Toddlers are exhausting. Utterly, completely and totally exhausting. No, you don’t want to go outside again. No, you would rather not push the swing for the trillionth time. No, you don’t want to get out the paint supplies because you just cleaned the kitchen AGAIN. It’s ok not to be ok.

You messed up. The mountain you have to climb to get back what you lost seems too much. It’s ok not to be ok.

You are grieving the loss or pain of a loved one. It hurts. Your world looks different today than it did yesterday. You don’t have to go on like it’s business as usual because it’s not. It’s ok not to be ok.

You now have two kids (or three or more…). Two is different than one. You have to learn to change diapers with a toddler hanging from your back. You have to discipline one person while comforting another. Schedule is now a curse word because everyone is on a different one. It’s ok not to be ok.

You are in over your head. You feel like you might be close to drowning. You are overwhelmed. It’s ok not to be ok.

Do you hear me? It’s ok. You are ok.

That does’t mean it’s ok to stay in the place you’re in. If you need someone to help, it means it’s ok to ask. If you are tired, it means it’s ok to let the laundry pile up and eat take-out food while you take a nap. If you are hurting, it means it’s not going to hurt forever. It’s ok not to be ok.

And it’s ok if people know you’re not ok. It would make them a little more ok to help you. That’s how God designed us – to need each other and to fill needs in each other. It’s ok not to be ok. It doesn’t mean you failed. It doesn’t mean you are a burden. It doesn’t mean you don’t measure up. It’s ok not to be ok.

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  • Rootbeer November 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I find that when I’m not ok Satan REALLY wants me to stay not ok alone. But, there’s something about telling someone else that breaks the hold. Battles in the mind are so easily won by Satan because they are the battles we usually face by ourselves.