I was watching a video last night on Facebook and it had a very interesting message. It had about five beautiful older ladies and they were basically talking about the concept of “if I knew then what I know now”. The common theme with each of them was the following: BEING vs. DOING. This really got me thinking. Are you doing the things you do or are you being who God wants you to be? Are you doing all the things that society thinks or says you should do or are you being the person God has truly designed you to be? Are you doing things or are you PRESENT and being the things? This wisdom is so good. So many times we go through the motions of doing the things that make our lives look so wonderful on the outside that we forget to just be who we are. We polish up the outside…clean the house, clean the kids, drive the cars, post the beautiful things that are going on in our lives that we forget to actual do the living. TO BE. It goes back to the saying about how at your funeral you really don’t want people to think of you as the lady with the clean house, the lady with the clean kids. You get what I’m saying? We get caught up in what the world wants to see, expects to see and hear from us that we forget to actually enjoy the moments we live. Enjoy the yuckness (that is a word, it has to be) because that’s what we all have. SPOILER ALERT: Life is not all rainbows and sunshine and unicorns. It’s tough sometimes and it is truly messy sometimes under all that polish no matter who you are and what you are going through. We like to sugar coat it for everyone else. We like to DO the right things to make everything seem just wonderful. Wouldn’t it be a cool idea if we were just really honest and transparent? If we stopped DOING and started BEING who we really were. Let people see the mess. You know, the mess you are but GOD still loves you. The unorganized ball of craziness that you really are but GOD loves you right in the middle of it. Don’t get me wrong there are times when I feel like I pretty much have all my ducks in a row. Yeah it lasts about 8 minutes at the most. Kind of like a bull ride. If I can make it those 8 minutes I feel like a winner. People need to know that it’s perfectly alright to not have it all together, to be a mess. God loves us in all seasons. He loves us best in our mess! (that totally needs to be a on a shirt!!) (I’m a t-shirt-with-cool-thought-provoking-sayings junkie) He does his best work when we are mess. So I say BE instead of DO. It’s TRUTH. It’s FREEDOM. Be in the moment and love the life you live even if you haven’t polished it in a few days.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weaknes.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9