The Upside of Feeling Like You’re The Worst

The Upside of Feeling Like You're The Worst

Hours I spent on the downstairs bathroom, with a sheetrock mud palette in my left hand and a trowel in the other. I hadn’t taped and mudded before, but it didn’t seem too complicated. When I was nearly complete with the huge job, a friend stopped by and followed me downstairs to see my project.

He looked. He stood quietly.

“Wow, you should have asked me to help you,” he said.

Sooooo, didn’t quit my day job to go into the drywall business.

I guess the more knowledge and experience you have regarding something, the more in tune you are to the fine details and more apt to see the mistakes. That doesn’t really match the philosophy I borrowed from my friend, which is, “Does it look good to a man riding by on a horse?”

Now listen to my latest C.S. Lewis quote, from Mere Christianity (speaking of horses –do you feel drug along behind this latest book I’m devouring?):

When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him… You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them.

I cannot tell you how badly I wish someone had taught me this concept a few decades ago. Truly, I thought that I was becoming a more horrible person every day. Hopelessness and despair started to be my companions in the wee hours of the night.

I was such a sinful woman.

It never occurred to me, as I was growing in my relationship with the Lord, studying his word, and memorizing Bible verses, that my new knowledge was going to open my eyes to even finer details of sinfulness tucked away in my own heart. It was a healthy thought pattern, this growing awareness of cracks in my purity that needed to be smoothed over with mud and a trowel, by a Steadier Hand than mine.

Jesus tells us number one in God’s commandments:

Love the Lord your God with all your…mind.  Matthew 22:37 NIV

The more we love God with our minds, the more informed, thoughtful, and meticulous to detail we will become.

More like experts in the skill of holiness.

So are you walking with God and seeing your shortcomings painfully clearly? Good. You’re moving in close to the Lord, and he’s pinpointing sinful areas of your life, so you can prep for him to do the finish work in your heart.

Don’t worry. He’s a professional.


  1. Yes! This is so very true. I can feel God’s refinement of my life and can see the clouds lifting, as well. As a woman of 50 who came to know Christ at an early age, I have never been more aware of my own sin and shortcomings and the grace of God in my life. Love the C.S. Lewis quote! Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a beautiful, comforting point…I can honestly say I have never thought of it that way! Thank you Christy! I LOVED your book “Blameless”, too! Your writing style just draws me right in…

    1. Comforting is a great word. Doesn’t it just make you relax and have hope? And you guys are encouraging me greatly today about my writing. Thank you!

  3. Thank you so much! I have been in this frustrated place too, and I needed the reminder to keep growing closer to my
    Savior! Loved your book “Blameless”!

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