So today as we were texting, I shared something with her that I often say to my girls, Cailin, in particular.
"You are the best You I know".
As soon as I said it, I realized it is one of those things I say so frequently, and yet don't always hear myself.
God created me to be who I am, always striving to be more like Him, sure, but inherently imperfect. He knew the struggles I would have, and He also provided me with the grace to be free of them in Him.
He wants me to be who I am, not a poor imitation of friends who seem to be so perfect and everything I desire. He wants me to be the best me I can be. It's enough. I don't need to hesitate or hold back, I can be all in, because I am the only one who can be.
So as I was trying to encourage a friend, I was blessed in return. Funny how God works like that.