This is a call to be raw. This is a call to be real.
Because…in the grand scheme of things, we all need redeemed. We are all a hot mess. We are all broken to our very core.
And perhaps I’ve climbed onto my little soap box today because of the rawness…the realness…and the brokenness we have walked through…our entire family (immediate and extended) has walked through…over the past two weeks (this time). Perhaps the wounds are still raw and the pain is still pulsing. Perhaps it’s the fact that the world continues to spin amidst our brokenness. And that the brokenness spares no one…
Whatever it is…can we all please stop faking it? Can we stop pretending?
Can we stop faking perfection? Can we stop faking the “just so”? Can we stop pretending that life is easy and will go according to plan? Because deep down…we’re not perfect. Everything is not “just so.” And just when you think you’ve got life under control, it. will. rock. you.
And if we’re not faking it…can we stop desiring it?
Life is hard. And messy. And ugly at times. This world is full of darkness and temporary pleasures.
Not one of us is righteous (Romans 3:10). Not one of us is good enough (Ecclesiastes 7:20). We are all sinners, worthy of death, who have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
And ONLY through the grace of Jesus Christ are we gifted with redemption (Romans 3:24-25).
Jesus didn’t call us to have homes that are “just so”…He calls us to be hospitable. A beautiful home without hospitality is worthless.
Jesus didn’t call us to have our life plans “just so” before we can do anything for Him…He calls us to take up our cross, to deny ourselves, and follow Him. And where Jesus is headed is into the broken, messy, dark places to shine LIGHT.
It’s time to ditch #blessed and insert #rawrealredeemed. I am guilty of using #blessed in the past…but we are not #blessed because we got the house we wanted, the job we wanted, posted beautiful family photos that I’m positive at least one kid cried during…we are not #blessed because we have a ton of money or went on an awesome vacation or wear nice clothes or have our life “just so.” We are not #blessed because we can share our highlight reel on social media and display our “perfect” or “just so” life…
Jesus teaches us in Matthew 5…
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Let us stop desiring the world…stop desiring perfection and a “just so” life. And more so than anything, let’s stop faking that we do.
Perhaps it’s easy for me to say all of this because for some reason, a reason none of us know or understand, God has chosen our family (my immediate and extended family) to live lives that are not “just so” or perfect…He has given us circumstances and life occurrences that are far from “just so” or perfect…forcing us into the broken, dark places of this world, forcing us to take up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow hard after Jesus.
Let us all be Jesus’ definition of #blessed…#rawrealredeemed…
His will, His way…