When I put my shirt on today, I had to choose to believe what it says. “I am fearfully & wonderfully made.” I usually take only 1 picture & don’t analyze it beyond making sure it’s not blurry. Today I took & analyzed 8 pictures. I’m not as fit or skinny as I’d like to be. This shirt doesn’t hide that. It emphasizes it. But you know what? That’s okay.
It’s okay to feel insecure sometimes & wear the shirt anyway. It’s also okay to change the shirt because you can’t find the confidence to keep it on. It’s okay to take only 1 photo & post it even if you don’t love it. It’s also okay to take several photos & pick your favorite. It’s okay that my shirt fits, but not in the way I want it to fit. It’s okay that it shows what feels like flaws & imperfections. I’m human. We all are. I’m not perfect. None of us are. I do feel insecure sometimes. We all do. Even still, we ARE “fearfully & wonderfully made.”
I’m also wearing white sneakers today. I wear white because trying to keep it clean scares me. I don’t want that fear to control me, so I try to control it.
I spend a ridiculous amount of time & effort trying to keep my shoes as spotless as possible. As in life, it’s hard to keep the white material pure, while also having grace for when life happens. No matter how much time & effort I give, the white gets dirty. Then some of the dirt won’t wash away.
In the same way, life isn’t perfect. We can do all the things to stay clean & safe. But no matter what, life happens. There are flaws & imperfections. You get dirty. And that’s okay. It’s okay to be human & be flawed. Because if we weren’t human & flawed, then we wouldn’t need Jesus.
So go ahead. Feel the insecurities. Wear the white shoes. Live life. Follow the rules. Clean up the harmful dirt. Change your shirt. But give yourself grace. Let yourself get dirty & have flaws. Remember you need Jesus.
And you are saved by His grace not your perfection.