This has been a rather interesting week for me. On Wednesday afternoons, I snag about 15 minutes of time and do a live video called Reset at Rest Time. It’s meant to be a nugget of encouragement for anyone who may need a little spiritual “reset” midweek.
I have had a lot of fun doing them, but on my latest video, as I was sharing, I got super emotional and had myself a sweet little ugly cry LIVE. Let us just say it was awesome and humbling. (You can check it out for yourself).
However, the response to that video has shown me that maybe we all need a little more up close encounters with each other; and that put together and polished isn’t as popular as we think it might be.
So today, that’s where I want to go with our topic. I want to dig into life in the messy middle. I want to be transparent and peel back layers that many of us are hiding behind and give us permission to embrace our mess and let Jesus meet us right there.
We are all a mess. None of us are immune. It doesn’t matter how many pretty pictures of our house we post or how cute our kids are or how many followers we have; we all are a mess.
I think we need to be willing to own that part of our story right now. My mess may look different than yours; your mess may even look different in different seasons. The point is not that we are struggling in the same way; the point is that we are all struggling. We all have hurting or messy parts of our story because we live in the tension of “the messy middle”, the journey of our lives between the point of our salvation and the point we cross over into eternity.
If you are a follower of Jesus, this is where you will live until you are heaven side. We don’t lose our mess at the point of salvation; sin doesn’t die and no longer play a role in our hearts or our lives. Hurt doesn’t vanish. They are all still there.
But it’s not about what we lose when we start following Jesus; it’s about what we gain. We don’t lose sin and hurt, but we do gain hope. And that hope can lead us to healing and to becoming wholehearted, and that healing can open wide the gate for freedom.
Today, friend, I want to give you permission to own the messy side of your life; to encourage you to stop shielding it and hiding it in secret, and instead to share it and bring it out into the light. Because you are not the only one struggling in this way; but if you have Christ, then you have a hope in the middle of your mess than many do not.
Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and the struggle for worthiness. It appears it is also the birthplace of joy, creativity, of belonging of love.Brene Brown
“The Power of Vulnerability” by Brene Brown, TED Talk
- Luke 8:16-18, MSG
- Psalm 25:1-3
- Romans 8:1-2
- Luke 7:47-50
- John 8:7,11
- 1 John 4:18
- Romans 8:38-39
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