The last few days I have been making some really stupid mistakes -- nothing horrendous where lives will be changed, but mistakes that are just dumb. Last night we had our septic tank pumped out and the guy's flashlight died. I went looking for a light and long story short, I got caught in a bunch of orange extension cords with two lights that didn't work. It was so dark I couldn't tell what was plugged in and what wasn't. It was stupid! I never got him a light. He got the job done but it would have been easier if he had light.
And then -- just dumb stuff. I messed up our bank account. It should be fixed today but it costed us a couple of bank fees (which are spendy and add up fast). It was a mistake that was...yep, stupid!
So, while Jane makes these mistakes, Jane also tells herself how stupid she is, how dumb. I often call myself a "Doorknob" when I make these dumb mistakes.
And you know what -- God isn't doing this. He isn't up in heaven (or in me) telling me how stupid I am. He actually doesn't appreciate me berating myself. He doesn't want you to do it either. Since Jesus died and rose again, since He paid the price of sin and death, God sees us through the lens of forgiveness.
Don't put yourself down today. Don't put anyone else down either. It is a waste of energy and when we do this we aren't doing God's work. We are helping the devil with his. You are important. You are precious in God's sight. You are His beloved.