“I’m not perfect. You’re not perfect. And that’s just perfect.” –Julia Kristina Counselling
I’m loving how this change of perspective has shaped my mind lately. I’ve learned to love that none of us (will ever) have it all figured out. I love that we can all learn from each other through all of our polar differences. Some of you might not understand why I’m so in love with Jesus, or know why I have to eat so crazy and love it. Or just why I’m so ecstatic about life! Likewise, I might not understand why you do or think the ways you do about life. But what awesome discussion can come from this! How beautiful is it, having the ability to provide different insights and perspectives just by being more open to speak the voice of our hearts. We coexist to share, grow, expand, inspire, and experience. Don’t ever feel like your voice or mind isn’t of value.
Accepting our imperfections frees us from the need to be accepted and understood by others. I used to live in so much pain, just being socially hurt by others just because of differences. Feeling so much frustration for not being seen for my true self, then destructively trying to fit the mold of social acceptance. I’ve been reflecting on how far God has brought me in this and shown me my precious worth and identity with Him. I’m so happy that Jesus experienced what it feels like to be misunderstood. Sometimes I pray to be better understood by others so I can better help them, then I remember it’s finished because of Christ. In John 14:1-9, Jesus promises Phillip of the comfort and refuge prepared for him for when Christ is to be crucified. Phillip’s response is a request for Jesus to show him the Father, only then he’d be content. Christ answers with hurt in His heart after all His efforts and preparations for His friend, “Don’t you know me, Phillip, even after I have been among you all this time?” Sometimes we feel that even the people we’re surrounded by the most, known all of our lives, or are simply the closest to us, still never truly know us. Christ is right in that hurt with you.
He felt all our negative experiences so that we don’t have to feel alone and troubled through them. What’s so wonderful about this is that none of it is to try to guilt you! God only works in perfect love, not fear. Becoming man for us to never have to see such darkness ever again was by pure grace- His free gift to all of us. He’s a God of good news, intending to amplify your strengths, make your dreams a reality, and celebrate in your victories together.
“‘For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.’” -Jeremiah 29:11
What happened to Jesus in His life and at His death was heartbreaking… but it is finished. This world is heartbreaking, but God proved that His ways are perfect, giving us refuge, comfort, and nothing we cannot bear. To live this life is to accept all of it’s imperfection, while we find it in ourselves and throughout the world. If Christ took upon the burden of it, I’m confident His strength is within me too, taking it on with gladness and gratitude.
I hope for this to encourage you to see the other side of negativity. That when the efforts of your own or others’ fail you, please know first that you’re not alone in it, and that your worth is far more precious than to be feeling anything less than wonderful.
All the praises sent up. Have a beautiful, happy, blessed day.