Don’t be jealous, but….
I have FIVE pairs of scissors AND I know where they are. Ever since my kids moved out they are nestled together in a container in the third drawer in my kitchen, exactly where they are supposed to be. There are some advantages to empty nest, right? I like knowing where everything is and I like being in control.I’ll admit I like perfection and I like my life to be tidy and neat.
But it’s not.
Tidiness suggests that something is as good as it’s going to get~Anne Lamontt
The adults who used to be my little children came home for the weekend. Like old times, the electric meter spun so fast it nearly launched into orbit. All the lights upstairs stayed on and I continually loaded and unloaded the dishwasher. More trash was generated in two days than I do by myself in an entire week. Before they headed opposite directions down the same interstate, I swiped my card at the grocery store and the gas tank.
My house is a wreck and my heart is full.
2 John 1:4,”It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth.” NIV
PERFECTION IS MY ENEMY
Perfection continually eludes me. Lately I’ve wondered if it’s really what I want after all. Better a house full of family and the chaos of living than orderly cabinets and closets. The scent of vanilla permeating my house is more excellent than a candle with a still waxy wick. I prefer a book with crimped pages and a wrinkled cover is wrinkled over nicely pressed paper. I prefer walking in the rain or riding in the wind rather than every hair in place. Soil under my nails is better than a professional manicure. Actually on that matter, can’t I have both? My Bible is my life-line and my favorite one is falling apart.
Deuteronomy 32:47, “For it is no empty word for you, but your very life.” ESV
LIFE IS MESSY
I don’t want to pretend to be something I’m not. But actually, my life is perfect; it’s a perfect mess. Maybe perfection is your enemy too. Fear of failure or rejection makes us shrink back from stepping out in faith. The need for control keeps us from trusting God to bring about His good purposes in every situation, so we try to fix everything and everyone. Concern for personal safety, both physical and emotional, limits God’s plans to prosper us and use us to further His kingdom. Life is definitely a mess, but better a mess than no message and better a test than no testimony. There is a high price to following Christ, but the reward is greater.
John 10:10, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” MSG
TIDINESS COMES WITH A PRICE TOO
A tidy house is often an empty house. A tidy heart can be a detached heart. A tidy day is possibly an uninvested day. A tidy life is like an unread book or an unburned candle, it is unlived.
Want a perfect life?
- Stay out of enemy territory because the devil won’t bother to attack in the safe zone
- Don’t try anything new and you won’t fail
- Stuff your feelings and pretend you’re fine so people will leave you alone
- Don’t trust anyone and you won’t get burned
- Lock the doors or your family will use your scissors and never return them
I could keep my life perfectly neat but I would miss the joy…
I could steel my heart or cry off my mascara…
I could play it safe or risk it all…
I think it’s worth the risks. Maybe it’s time to reject perfect. Because tidy is as good as it gets and personally, I want more.
Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.” HCSB
Thanks for following my imperfect Right Side Up Life.