I recently posted on Instagram and received such sweet and loving comments from some beautiful mommas on the post. But I didn’t know how to respond back to them. It was so kind of them to say what they did but I felt so undeserving of their words.
About a year ago, I read a book by Myquillyn Smith (who blogs at thenester.com), The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful. I loved this book because it took the pressure off of my decorating and placed it where it should be, on making people feel welcome, cared for and at home. That concept of not having to be perfect to be beautiful has crossed over from my decorating and into my life.
Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beauty full. I don’t have to be perfect, in any area of my life. God doesn’t expect perfection. In fact, if I was perfect, I wouldn’t be in need of a Savior. I don’t have to be perfect because God covers me with His grace that makes me full of beauty.
I could list a thousand areas in my life in which I am not perfect, areas where I take out the word “life” and insert something more specific. My serving, my wifing, my mothering, my hostessing, my gardening, my exercising, my eating, my body, my cleaning, my homeschooling, my words, my healing… (I could go on and on). My… doesn’t have to be perfect to be beauty full.
I try to post things on the blog and on Instagram that inspire and encourage; but sometimes I’m afraid that I have given a misguided impression that I have it all together. And I. DO. NOT. I want you to feel cared for and at home in my blog home so maybe I need to occasionally post some of my messy. I don’t always feel encouraging or inspiring, often I feel incapable, unconfident, unworthy, and un-moldable.
Are you feeling like you don’t measure up? Are you feeling incapable or unworthy? What word would you insert instead of the word “life” into this sentence? My ________ doesn’t have to be perfect to be beauty full? My friend, God covers all of us with His grace. We need only to ask.
I believe the only way to obtain perfection and find true beauty is to keep our eyes ever on Christ. Everyday striving to be more like Him. More than anything, He wants us to admit that we need Him. In our weakness, He is our strength.
What beauty means to one person is often ugly to another. So what does it look like to be beauty full? “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phillipians 4:8). Often finding beauty means going against what the world finds beautiful. Paul had this to say in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” He is beauty full! He is perfect!
We must keep our eyes on Christ and strive to be more like Him. That is the only way we will see beauty; even in the ugly, even in the suffering. It is the only way for us to become beauty full. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beauty full! We do not have to be perfect. Let Him cover us with His love and with His grace and be beauty full in Christ.