The tendency to reach towards short term "fixes," behaviors, relationships and stories we've adopted from our past is heightened when we're exhausted from living life.
While not an excuse, it begs us to reconsider where our strength comes from and to look at what lifestyle choices HAVE to go in order for us to be whole, full of joy and experience the FULLness Christ offers.
I love the song, Masterpiece by Danny Gokey... I believe the words so beautifully illustrate the point I am trying to make :)
In the midst of sharing my short-comings with a loved one... they responded with, "I can understand why you would struggle with this, you're just looking and searching for anything to help you feel better."
Insert grace moment.
I couldn't help but think, that's how God sees us and without hesitation extends His perfect grace to us when we least deserve it. Receiving God's grace is a completely separate topic.
In my own life, I've discovered any time I couldn't seem to receive God's grace ONLY occurred when I clung to control and self-condemnation for not living up to the "God standards" I kept for myself.
My friend, our "God standards," whether based on performance, perfectionism, pride, un-confessed sin, beliefs adopted as a result of years of living, negates the necessity for Jesus in our lives and the greatest grace gift of all, His pardoning for ALL sin through the cross.
While this girl has known God all her life, there is so much more that Jesus is teaching me about myself, my perception of Him and how to open my heart to receive His unconditional love regardless of when I "blow it."
Sometimes we have to get out of "God's way" not just our own, so we can be exactly who He created us to be.
Allowing Him to melt my human "God standards" and self-imposed perfectionism to be a certain way is what I desire most. While I am grateful for so many things in my life, I think the greatest gift of all is God's grace.
So this Thanksgiving, before you might find yourself "blowing it," just know you don't have to be perfect and have everything figured out or together.
Reach for and receive God's grace in every situation when you're tempted to be or do something you know deep down you're not.
Ask for help when you need it. Don't endure one more minute of unnecessary self-imposed pressure.
Instead of turning to control or self-sabotage... let God work "the mess" into a Masterpiece.