I grew up in a dysfunctional family (as so many others did) where we always tried to keep it within the four walls of our house. I learned not to talk about what was wrong in the family, to put on a smile and pretend that everything was just fine. I learned to hide the truth because the truth would bring shame on the family. As an adult I continued to pretend that everything was always fine, not letting anyone know the real me because they might not like the real me, the imperfect me.
I see my own imperfections all the time, but I am learning that it is ok to not be perfect regardless of what society tells me. I think it may be so much harder today to let our flaws be seen. We see all the ads on how to be more perfect (to get rid of our wrinkles, have a cleaner house, drive the perfect car). Celebrities show us how to reshape our bodies to a certain image. Filters let us post pictures that hide all the bumps and lumps. Social media encourages us to only post the good stuff, so we get likes or followers. But the Bible is full of imperfect people. God’s word does not use filters to hide the bad stuff. It puts it right in front of us. Some of the most admired people in the Bible had huge flaws but were still used by God.
Here are just a few examples:
- Rahab was a pagan prostitute who helped the spies of Israel escape.
- David is probably the most famous king of Israel, but he committed adultery and murder.
- The beloved apostle John had a bad temper.
- Martha was so busy being hospitable she missed out on sitting at Jesus feet.
Everyone, except Jesus, who has or ever will live on this earth, is imperfect. So today I encourage all of us to stop pretending; let it all hang out and see what God will do with our imperfection. Don’t worry about whether there are dirty dishes in the sink and toys all over the house, if you have the perfect clothes or if you don’t have any makeup on. Just listen to what God is saying to you and let others into your imperfect-ness.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. “ 2 Corinthians 12:9 (CSB)