Take a gander at any magazine cover these days and you're overwhelmed by one message: human perfection. While I’m not one to read Vogue or In Style, even my favorite health, cooking, and homemaking magazines subliminally tell me how perfect my life should be.
With all of this said, I still love these magazine. But if you don’t take a second to critically think about what messages you’re being told through their glossy pages, it’s all-too-easy to start judging yourself to these nearly impossible standards of home, culinary, and bodily perfection.
Imperfections are just apart of life. We've all got em, and we're often so ashamed of them.
But, did you ever take a second to stop and celebrate how God uses your imperfections to do His will?
Perfection. You tricky thing, you. Ever since elementary school, it has been my greatest strength and weakness- dontcha love that canned, interview-esque response?
I’ve always been only satisfied by gold stars, straight A’s, perfect evaluations of my teaching, positive praise from my husband, overwhelming compliments on a new recipe…you get the picture.
While I personally believe it is crucial to be constantly looking for ways to improve and be better, sometimes it is easy to do this to a fault, letting perfectionism become more of an idol rather than a motivating factor in my life.
As I make my way through my second trimester, it is becoming more crucial that I embrace my imperfections and, therefore, my weaknesses. Certain yoga positions are getting rather tricky, not to mention my beloved corduroy collection (I have over ten pairs in all different colors) is just not going to happen this season. As someone who has been receiving praise for her physical fitness for years now, it’s a mixed mag of emotions to watch the cellulite creep on as the number on the scale climbs.
*Sidenote* I want to take a quick timeout, however, to emphasize to y’all that 90% of the time I’m absolutely in love with my pregnant self, feeling such amazement, gratitude, and wonder every single day at the MIRACLE that is taking place within me. Yet there are those moments in my day when I discover something new that my pregnancy is limiting me from being able to do or accomplish, thus my type-A self is learning to deal with it.
With the persistent reminder that my waistline and booty are expanding, I need the similar reminder that my heart is far from perfect, too. Why am I striving to attain perfection when I know it’s impossible? When I know Jesus, the only perfect human to walk this Earth, has already bought and guaranteed my perfection in Him?
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfect in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me." -2 Corinthians 12: 9
Whether we like it or not, we are all fouled by our imperfections. Yet what I challenge you this week to recognize is how God can use it- our imperfection, our pain, our loneliness- to carry out His will and achieve His glory on this planet.
This is how our God works. He likes to take the last picks for dodge ball, the ragamuffins, the screw-ups, and all-around defeated in order to allow for His ability and His power to shine through; so others can look to these people and see God's ability and power, not human ability.
When you start to feel overwhelmed by your own faults, remember that God uses them to carry out His purpose, even if you cannot see His hand in your life at the time.
It's tough to do this, y'all. Remember, faith is a mixture of with imperfect circumstances and imperfect people. Faith accepts God’s will and does its deeds according to God’s plan.
At the end of Hebrews 11, the author assures us that it can and will get better if we stick with God, “God had planned something better for us so that only together with us could they be made perfect” (v. 40). By our own sinful nature, we may face trials, suffering, pain, and darkness in this world; we may look upon our physical selves, our lives, or our careers with judgement and revulsion. We cannot make ourselves perfect, no matter how hard we try, scrub, or detoxify. Through Christ's blood, we reach perfection.
So celebrate that weakness. I find in my darker days, in my weaker moments, I am able to see my need for Him far more clearly; like 2 Corinthians 12:10 urges, “When I am weak, then I am strong.”
So today and this week, try to embrace your weaknesses. Ask God to open your eyes to how He is using them right now and now He can continue to use you as a light to others facing similar troubles and pain.
And find comfort knowing you are not alone. God is with you, always. What a blessing that He is one quick whisper away.
Go worth today and shine your imperfectly beautiful self into the darkness of this world.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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