Don’t judge this post by the paragraph you’re about to read; read it to the end! I promise it’s not the judgmental assumption you think it is.
You know those perfect moms who have it all together and their kids are perfectly dressed? The kids whose hair is not only brushed but styled and topped with a crisp bow? The mom whose outfit is perfectly coordinated, is beautifully accessorized, and who carries a different coordinating purse every day? The kids never misbehave, and her day is always going just perfectly perfect? Yeah, that’s not me either, totally cannot relate.
My kids clothes never match. Their hair is rarely brushed, and when I say rarely brushed I mean like never brushed and Big Bertha knots that take up the entire back side of their head sticking out. (No, I am not exaggerating). I don’t think they brush their teeth either. I draw the line at smelly though. Messy, unkempt, ratted hair, mismatched clothes, unbrushed teeth? Cool. But smelly? No. No stinky smelly kids, at least not around me.
My days are never perfect. I never know if I’m coming or going. No one ever gets my full attention. All of the boxes are never checked. The work is never done. The clutter is never fully cleaned up. I don’t have a meal on the table once a day much less three times a day. My personal appearance is usually good enough to pass for whatever role I’m filling that day (work, mom, wife, slob, etc) but rarely noteworthy. You will frequently find me in public with no makeup, hair not washed in 3 days and in pajamas at 4:00 in the afternoon. I have no shame. I am messy. I am perfectly imperfect. I am real.
Be you. Be real. Be transparent. If that means your kids are usually put together, do it! If that means you’re lucky just to have made it to work that day, do it! Kids are messy, stinky slobs, do it! God made you exactly as you are. He made you perfect even with your human imperfections. You are beautiful just as you are. The you that you are doesn’t need to change for worldly standards. Love yourself, love others and let the light of Christ shine through you.
1 Corinthians 10:23 – Just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
James 2:1-5 – My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand oer there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil throughs? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
Luke 5:32 – I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
Psalm 139:14 – I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
John 6:37 – All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.