The Christian life isn’t supposed to look good. It isn’t supposed to be this Sunday best no problems all smiles lifestyle. Because the truth is, people are much more complicated than that.
The Christian life is supposed to be messy. It’s fraught with pain, unhappiness, tears, bruises. It’s millions of broken, beating hearts all beating together. None of us has it all together. No one really even has a Sunday best. It’s a facade. We’re weak, frail, and broken. Our view of our neighbor is almost always skewed. Those we look up to and idolize go through their own struggles, their own battles, their own hell.
But it’s okay.
Because it’s not really about what we can do…it’s about what Christ can do. It’s about a perfect, holy God, seeing us in our mistakes, our pains, our tears, and saying, “Hey. Let’s try this again. I can still use you. Look at what you did…but it’s okay. My grace covers you and my love surrounds you. We’ll just try again.”
“God, I’m not perfect.”
“I know you aren’t. But I am. And I will perfect this work in you.”
Even with bruises. Even with scars. Even with doubt, frustration, shame and despair. He looks at you and said, “This is very good.” – Ida McGrail
I saw the above post on a friends Facebook wall and asked if I could share it, she graciously agreed! Thank you Ida! The main reason I wanted to post it is because my husband and I started this blog not as a way to tell the world we are perfect, but to tell them precisely the opposite. We have had our struggles and we still do, we don’t have the perfect faith, but we try, and we want to use this blog as our testimony. We have been so blessed with a great Catholic community that we feel this is how we can give back. By letting others know how God has helped us through difficult times and how He has changed our lives.
We will be diving deeper into our personal battles and failures, and we pray that by sharing these stories and our struggles through them, that we may help someone else going through the same challenges. Your comments help to encourage us on this path!