We Are Completely Flawed Yet Forgiven Completely.
Let those words roll around in your mind a moment. Let them sink in.
Do they mean the same thing to you that they mean to me?
Did you spend years, like me– in an unhappy relationship—trying to be the perfect someone that you thought would make that other someone love you?
Did it work?
Let me tell you, friend, I have learned this one first hand. I have lived it and worn it, have learned from it, have had nightmares about it, have tried to forget…
There is One who loves me just the way I am.
He doesn’t ask me to be someone else.
He loves me when I wake up in the morning with no makeup on.
He loves me with that extra five pounds I just can’t seem to get rid of.
He loves me when I succeed.
He loves me when I fail.
He loves me always.
I learned the hard way that whenever I try to live to please another human being, I will somehow fail.
I can never be enough.
I can never be patient enough.
I can never be pretty enough.
I can never keep a clean house enough.
Or make enough money.
Or cook enough of the right foods.
There’s just not enough.
Because I am completely flawed.
And so is the person I am trying to please.
Lisa tells us on page 156, “Even when we are the best self we can ever be in our own strength, we are still influenced by our fleshly and sinful tendencies.”
Lisa cites the apostle Paul’s own struggle with this from Romans 7:29-21: “When I want to do good, I don’t; and when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. Now if I am doing what I don’t want to, it is plain where the trouble is: sin still has me in its evil grasp. It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.” (TLB)
Paul goes on to say in verse 25, “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord…”
I love the story that Lisa tells about her son Graham. I often wish that I could accept God’s love and forgiveness the way a child does—so pure and true. We can learn a lot from these young ones and how they readily accept on our word that they are forgive. That they are loved.
I’m closer than I was yesterday to getting there, Dear Ones. But I still have a long way to go.
Thank you, Lisa. This chapter was a beautiful gift.
Blessings to all.