Come As You Are
From my days as a youth worker I remember one particular night when the conversation went to Christianity.
There was a great atmosphere that night. The usual group of guys were in and playing pool became the center focus.
We laughed, played and chatted over their day and plans.
One lad piped up and said, ‘I don’t think that I could become a Christian right now. I will just make too many mistakes. I just know I couldn’t do it. So I will wait and hopefully I will be able to be one when I am older.’
When I look back at the conversation it hurts.
The boy hasn’t become a Christian and I feel, it’s a testimony of a living a half life. Its an example of having something inside you, call out, but yet you feel you aren’t worthy or capable of answering it. Therefore it simply doesn’t happen.
How many people have had the same experience?
A yearning never fulfilled?
All because they looked at their lives and thought, maybe one day I will be ready?
Maybe one day I will be good enough?
But the truth is, ‘we are already.’
We are always good enough to start. We are always ready to make our lives enriched when our heart wants something.
We may not 'feel' like we can. We may not 'know' what we need to know to make it a success but it doesn't mean we can't begin the adventure.
To be honest, most of us have spent our childhoods trying something and not getting it the first time. Maybe it was using cutlery. Maybe it was trying to pour milk over the cereal and it going everywhere. But here we are. Adults. Who can pour milk over our cereal and use a fork.
As children we learnt as we went.
Adults are afforded that same luxury.
And should be afforded the same grace.
Making mistakes is always part of the process for growth. Mistakes help steer us away or build resilience against things which can disrupt our lives.
I don't like the idea of making mistakes but its one of those things that can't be avoided. And as I grow older, I have had to face that I wont always get it right.
I might annoy people.
I might upset someone.
I might have to apologise.
I might have to forgive.
I might have to walk away.
I might have to make healthy boundaries.
But the ones that stay.
The ones that forgive.
The ones that know the real me.
They are the ones to whom mistakes don't matter.
And that's why I love Jesus.
Because mistakes don't matter.
He loved sinners as well as His brethren.
He gave them grace.
He gave them time.
He gave them a safe place to grow.
So be encouraged today to keep going or even make a start.
You are worthy of a great life.
You are good enough to achieve.
I hope these words I have inspired you today.
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