One of my favorite things to wear when I was a child were bright purple Chuck Taylors. I LOVED those shoes, and I had it in my 8-year-old head that in order to look absolutely perfect I needed to have my entire outfit match the shoes. I wanted to have everything (right down to the purple elastic in my hair) to match. There were many days when I settled for the teal pants instead of purple, but I always had little less bounce in my step.
I no longer feel the need to dress in head-to-toe bright purple, but I still have those days when I feel less then perfect. Every day brings with it the choice to allow God’s grace to cover me or the trap of perfection to take over.
I love this verse in 2 Corinthians and the hope it plants into my heart.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Shouts to be better and do more bombard us daily. And yet our glorious God calls us to a life seeking vulnerability, dependence and weakness. What a challenging and vulnerable way to live our daily lives. We are made strong in weakness NOT perfection. Let that rest in your heart for a moment.
Above image by Emily Ley
When we choose to be honest about our failures, to recognize our vulnerability He is glorified and we are made strong through His grace.
As a recovering perfectionist, I am challenged by the idea of not just accepting my weakness but boasting in it. I’m sharing the oh-so-many moments that I don’t have it all together. That I fail miserably yet God lifts me up and whispers to me “I’ve got it Em, Trust me.” I’m choosing to celebrate the areas I need extra grace in, because that is a daily reminder for my need for my precious Savior.
What areas of weakness can you rejoice in today with me?