Strangely enough, our imperfections often are the very things that cause others to identify with us.
Aren’t we usually more attracted to people who are willing to be real and show us their weakness than to those who seem to be perfect? Isn’t it easier to relate to people with scars just like ours?
I think the church should recognize this.
We try so hard to appear perfect to outsiders that we often seem plastic and not human. We spout scriptures at people, but we can’t help them where they’re at because we want to pretend we never had a past and act like we can’t relate to them. We act like we never have a bad day, never have a bad thought, like we would never lose our tempers and could never lose our minds at any given moment if it weren’t for God’s grace!
I think oftentimes we don’t want to let God down. We want to be His perfect little soldiers, His perfect little sons and daughters.
And we certainly don’t want to be judged by our fellow brothers and sisters. But maybe the most spiritual thing we could do is to be totally honest, down and dirty, transparent and vulnerable. What we need to do is find some people who feel like they will never be up to snuff and tell them about our struggles, fears, and the insecurities we still deal with.
Tell them we are under construction.
Tell them we are not what we want to be but certainly a long way from what we used to be.
If we were to do that, I believe it would be tremendous encouragement for their souls. This week, let’s ask God to highlight at least one fellow son or daughter to encourage.
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