This past week, I’ve had the great honor of spending some time with several pretty amazing women. Women of great worthiness, value, and wisdom. Women who laugh when they could be crying. Women who don’t see how beautiful and wise and worthy they are. And through the conversations and prayer with them, I’ve come to rest on one thing that God has really placed on my heart.
We’re all a bunch of misfits (and if you don’t think you are, then I would like to talk to you about pride). We are all the 4th grader with coke-bottle glasses, braces, an extra layer of fat (or an excessive amount of boniness), two left feet, can’t catch a ball, mess of awkwardness. YOU name it – we are misfits. We are all members of the “Island of Misfit Toys.” We’ve all screwed up too much. None of us can stand before God blemish free. That is why Jesus stands in our place. He covers our sins. He covers the time we didn’t catch the ball, and the time we had an affair, and the time we kicked the dog, and the time we gossiped about a friend. He covers that abortion, and the time we left our wife/husband and kids for the uncomplicated person that made us feel important again. The time we didn’t love our child enough. The time we gave up. He covers that sin that you think you can’t possibly be forgiven for.
We fall short; what an understatement. We are filled with shame, guilt, depression, and anxiety. We are a nation (and world) of suicide, antidepressants, and unrest. We need a Savior. And we need to forgive each other, and ourselves. God already has. So, why can’t we? We need to value each other once again, or for the first time. God loves us all. Jesus died for us all. ALL! Let me write it one more time – ALL. One sin isn’t worse or better than another. It’s all sin. And we’ve all done it. So let’s quit judging and start loving. Let’s quit being jealous, and hateful, and righteous, and “better-than.” Because we’re not. We’re all misfits.
I want a world where we pray for each other and hold each others hands when we screw up or feel “less than.” I want a world where we all strive to look at each other with Jesus’ eyes and see the good behind the human-ness. Starting with me. I’ve judged. I’ve gossiped. I’ve felt unworthy. I’ve felt not good enough. I’ve committed the “unforgivable” sin. I’ve cut someone down to make myself look better. And I’ve had it all done to me. I’m asking God for a STOP. Change me. Change us all.
I know I will sin again. I’m human. God – give me more of a heart for others. Give me more compassion, more empathy, more wisdom, more of YOU, God. Help me to not get caught up in the day-to-day busy-ness, stress, deadlines, perfectionism that is life. Help me to be still in YOU. To listen and receive. To create out of your abundant love something beautiful for YOU! To be happy for others in their joy and sad with them when they grieve. To help each other through when we sin, and to graciously and lovingly hold each other accountable when we fall. To be okay with being a misfit. And not only okay, grateful. Because in our weakness, your strength shines through. What if, in our creativity, we create a world where we love each other, and care for each other? That is my prayer today. Amen.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.