I’m a mess.
I’m about as messy as family pictures.
You know when you try so hard to get just the right family picture, with everyone smiling and looking the same direction?
It’s about impossible.
Just about as impossible as trying to show the world that you have it all together.
Taking family pictures is messy. You want so much to show the world that your family is all smiles, but what you get is something like this:
Or even this:
It’s the same with me. Sometimes, I try so hard to show the world that I have got it all together. But, what I end up with is this:
Merriam-Webster defines mess as: one that is disordered, untidy, offensive, or unpleasant usually because of blundering, laxity, or misconduct.
Friends, I can be disordered (hello, pregnancy brain). I can definitely be untidy (have you seen my house?). I can be offensive (I promise, it is NOT my intent!) and at times, I am sure, I can be unpleasant.
I know that I am messy. I know that this life is messy. Just in case people aren’t convinced that I am a mess, I am more than happy to tell them. As I did today at BSF. When I did, one of my dearest friends, Belinda, spoke up and said these words, “Becky, your mess has ministered to me many times.”
Isn’t that what it’s all about? If God can minister to you, in the midst of my messiness, then praise Him!
My main reason for being a self proclaimed mess is because I want people to know that ANYTHING good that they see in me is Christ. I am full of selfishness, pride, impatience, and all kinds of nasty things. However, God uses even the weak things of the world. So I will boast of the fact that I am a mess, so that people might see that any good that comes from me is from the Savior.
I guess, I’m just trying to say the same thing the apostle Paul said many years ago.
2 Corinthians 12:9 –But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
It is not shameful to be disordered. It is not sinful to be messy, as long as we are allowing Christ to come in and clean up all those messy places in our soul. He takes our mess and makes it something beautiful. So if you are going to be a mess, at least you can be a beautiful mess.
I challenge you today to lay aside all hopes of perfection, or having it together. Feel free to embrace the messy sides of you and let Christ shine through them!