Surrounding yourself with people who are affirming is important.
Don’t ever limit yourself to being around people who are only affirming,
or only make you feel comfortable
or only tell you want you want to hear.
But it’s just as dangerous, I think, to only be around people who leave you feeling less.
God created you to be you. And it pleases Him when you are you.
So when a certain environment is telling you that who you are isn’t enough,
isn’t worth valuing, or
isn’t something beautiful
there are two things you need to do:
2: be clothed again in truth.
But there’s something you bring to the world that no one else can.
No one exactly has your mix of a personality.
No one else has your memories
And that’s a beautiful thing.
You are a beautiful thing.
Do not expect yourself to be able to love people well, all the time, unless there is some place you are getting filled back up again. And it is vital that your source of truth is the right source of truth.
Run to the Father, and don’t let demeaning voices into your core group of friends. You cannot love others perfectly if you are not allowing yourself to be loved perfectly.