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.
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.I encourage you to embrace the imperfections you were born with, and acquired from living life. Click To Tweet
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?
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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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