Embrace Your Imperfections

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Last night I was sitting in the dark in my living room, with the lights of my Christmas tree casting a warm glow over the room. It’s one of my favorite things to do this time of year. As I gazed at the tree, I noticed both its beauty, and its imperfections.

http://kimfredrickson.com/2017/11/29/embrace-your-imperfections/ My tree has beautiful shape and height, and I love the mixture of white and colored lights. It glows and brings me joy.  I also appreciate the way it reminds me of God’s love for me, in the midst of darkness.

I’m drawn to its imperfections. There are gaps in the lights and they are uneven in places. The tree is a bit tipped to the left and I haven’t had the energy to put any decorations on it yet. As I admired my tree, I decided to embrace its imperfections.

I can relate to this beautiful, yet imperfect tree. I can’t relate to things or people that appear perfect. I just don’t get it. I’m pretty beat up by life and the disease I’m battling. They’ve left scars and imperfections. They are a part of me, and I’ve learned to embrace them. If you’ve lived life, and aren’t in denial, you know you have scars and imperfections too. We all do.

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Each one has sorrow attached to it, but also has produced depth and growth in your life. It reminds me of this wonderful verse,

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”  Rom 5:1-5

Isn’t it wonderful of God to speak to me sweetly about His love for “imperfect me” through a Christmas tree? I hope He is speaking to you gently about embracing your own imperfections, too. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful goal for 2018?

I’d love to hear from you!

What touched your heart from this post? How are you doing with your imperfections? How can you be kind to yourself about being human?

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8 thoughts on “Embrace Your Imperfections

  1. What a beautiful post! The first thing that came to my mind was how God speaks to me through the words and wisdom of others, and that includes you in these timely and powerful messages.
    I love the photo and the image I have of you sitting in the soft glow of the Christmas tree lights and hearing from God.
    Thank you for starting my computer time today with such a blessing!
    You are loved, you know…..

  2. Kim as usual we are enjoying similar things. I love to sit with lights out and look aty Tree. No energy yet to decorate it. Enjoying it as is. Thank you for. Reminder to have grace and accept my imperfections. Love you. Bev

  3. “What touched your heart from this post?” —You, Kim and how you go on brilliantly. Re: “I can relate to this beautiful, yet imperfect tree. I can’t relate to things or people that appear perfect. I just don’t get it. I’m pretty beat up by life and the disease I’m battling. They’ve left scars and imperfections. They are a part of me, and I’ve learned to embrace them. If you’ve lived life, and aren’t in denial, you know you have scars and imperfections too. We all do.”

    Absolutely! . . . .There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than someone being unapologetically herself. . . .comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of authenticity.

    “. . .I also appreciate the way it reminds me of God’s love for me, in the midst of darkness.”

    . . . . God’s Love. . . .Absolutely, God’s love is like when you sit in front of a fire in winter —you are just there in front of the fire. You don’t have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.

    “How are you doing with your imperfections? How can you be kind to yourself about being human?” I say imperfections are not inadequacies. They are reminders that we’re all in this together and no one is getting out alive. We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That’s what connects us that we’re all broken, all beautifully messed-up. I’ve made tons of stupid mistakes, and later I regretted them. A cycle of vicious self-hatred. But even so, every time God taught me something about myself. . . . .I don’t know how to test this but I bet the more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive. . . .There are those wonderful moments of clarity in my life when I am reminded how irreparably flawed we humans all are. I was recently on the subway in Boston, I lost my balance slightly and bumped into an elderly woman. I quickly apologized and she replied, “Well, hold on to something, —stupid!” There it is. —That’s it. —That’s it in a nutshell. Compassion for myself meant I instantly had compassion for her. —Thank you Kim❣😊 💕

    1. Aleea, thanks for sharing.So good to hear your developing tenderness for yourself. Thanks for sharing your example of being on the bus with the elderly lady. How beautiful you could have compassion for yourself and her too. Many blessings…

  4. Kim, it was wonderful to hear how God spoke to you through your beautiful imperfect tree. I, too, enjoy the twinkling lights of Christmas. They help me feel hopeful. Like always, your courage to embrace imperfection has inspired and reminded me to try do the same!

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