One of my goals with this blog is to be transparent in sharing my walk with Jesus. It is easy to put on an act and reflect that everything in life goes right with Jesus. It’s tempting to show only the parts of our walk that we fully understand, while hiding the confusion and hardship. I have struggled so much with showing the difficulties I face daily in my faith, not only because I don’t want others to see that “nakedness,” but also because I don’t always want to admit it to myself. I think this is a common problem though, in Christianity. We show the world the side of our lives that we want everyone to see, while leaving out the parts that are most relatable to the people around us. It’s almost as if we forget that we are all subject to sin, we are all broken, and we are all flawed. Jesus wasn’t crucified for us to live “perfect” lives. He died to save us from the punishment for our sinful nature. We are going to fail, we are going to do wrong, we are going to fall short. That’s just part of living in a fallen world. Lucky for us, Jesus meets us where we are. He showers us in love, understanding, forgiveness, and GRACE. He is the one and only being that has ever walked this Earth in perfection. In a world full of pride and a seemly constant pursuit of success, it is easy to place ourselves on a pedestal and strive for a higher status than those around us. We can easily fall into the lie that if we work hard and make more money, we will be better than our neighbor. Pride is an enemy of God. WE CANNOT REACH PERFECTION. Of course, we should strive to live our lives as a reflection of Jesus, but it’s important to do so for the glory of God, not for the show of it. So instead of tirelessly striving to make our lives seem perfect from the outside, I challenge you to embrace the mess and love the life you’re living. The ground is completely level at the foot of the cross. We are all highly favored in God’s eyes, as His children. Embrace the mess, let it be beautiful.