Maybe we all need to just get it out. Just shout it. I MESSED UP!
I didn’t parent my kids perfect, I lost my temper, I waited too long, I forgot…fill in your ‘I messed up’ here _________.
We live in a world with little patience for mistakes – and ever changing expectations. And we chase after whatever the latest ‘fit in’, ‘get on board’, ‘success’ is. Only to find we missed it – sometimes a near miss, sometimes by a mile. When we come to that point of weary, there is choice.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 ESV) — or we can continue to chase the one we presently dwell in.
When we chase after God, we find He’s already caught us. Seeking His ways relieves our burden of perfection.
Too much expectation is put on people, self, or how we think things should be. Instead our expectation should be all about what God has done and how to honor it. Then all self-perfection falls away, because it’s not my perfect – or your perfect, but His.
The freedom in knowing only God is perfect is truest freedom. “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:25 NIV)
Blessed in what we do. I want to be blessed in what I do – and God doesn’t add any conditions. If we are earnestly seeking Him, then even in our mess-ups, His perfect covers all and we are blessed. Living in God’s perfect frees us from living for the world’s or our own perceptions.
Here’s the thing: hard times are ahead, we will mess up again (and again), but “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Corinthians 15:57 NIV) A sweet song has a refrain that repeats over and over again “Your praise will ever be on my lips, your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips.” So when our old friend doubt creeps in, when all too familiar condemnation pounds on our door, repeat with me: Your praise will ever be on my lips!
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