First let me start by saying, (for those who are unaware) a hot mess is someone who just doesn’t quite have it all together. Scattered, always a step behind, try as they might-just not quite as on point as they’d like to be.
And then you pair that with someone who also happens to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and you have a Hot Mess Christian.
What is that you may wonder? Well, my name is Tarah, and I would fall under this category. I love the Lord dearly and work on my walk with him actively. As much as I want to and work to be better, and do better, I somehow end up feeling like I’m missing the mark. Does that happen to you? No? Maybe it’s just me. Generally, this happens when I decide to break an important rule and allow myself to compare my journey to that of other Christians. Have you noticed every “good” Christian also happens to be leading the perfect life? Great job, happy family, perfect smile always on their face…
Then there’s me. A coworker who makes me test the limits of my patience daily, a family that is wonderful but my own little circus, and sometimes I’m just grumpy. There, I said it.
So, when I see the “good” Christians of the world and then compare myself I think…wow. I must be doing something wrong. If they’re good, then am I bad? Why am I not always happy? Why is my family not singing musicals happily on the way to Disneyland? Why is that same coworker still smacking their gum? I digress.
Because I’m a Hot Mess Christian. And guess what? That’s ok. Because I’m trying. Every day, I work to be the best I can be. I talk to God about that coworker, and I pray for them. I thank God for my family, and every moment I’m blessed with their shenanigans. And I’m grateful for all the reasons I have to smile, that somehow always come back to me after hard days. We often see the T-shirts that say, “perfectly imperfect.” Well, I’m a glowing example of that. God didn’t say we had to be perfect, we just have to give our all to him. The very best we can offer, flawed and all.
Oh, and side note: Stop comparing yourself to other people. God already loves you as if you were his only creation. Basically, he thinks you’re great, and I think you should believe him.
Cheerfully in Christ,