Are you proud?
Think back to the last time you were working on a new project. It might have already happened this week at the office, it could have happened last weekend when you decided to repaint that room that had been screaming for a fresh coat, or maybe it was that new recipe you were dying to try. Chances are at some point along the way, there might have been a bit of a mix-up, a mistake if you will. The color wasn’t quite the shade you had hoped for, you put too much garlic in the recipe, the project didn’t quite turn out the way you had imagined.
Did you spend your money to get new paint? Maybe, but after it dries, it’ll probably look better.
Did you throw out the entire recipe and order a pizza? Maybe, but we’ve all had bad breath at one time or another–and garlic’s supposed to be good for you, right?
Did you put your resignation in to your boss due to this error? Hopefully not.
When you take these examples and parallel them to our spiritual walk, there’s some great insight to be had. Sure, striving to be our best is our goal, but how many times does that striving turn into poor self-talk? We beat ourselves up becuase we miss out on that chance to invest in that friendship, volunteer for that new opportunity, chose to keep our head down or in the clouds rather than smile at the cashier or person walking on the sidewalk.
May we not only remember that Christ looks beyond the wrong color of paint and the garlic –He sees the heart. He created us and is delighted in his creation–He is SO PROUD of you! He knows us intimately and although that balance of being complacent with our short-comings and striving to be better is often a thin line, Christ often is calling us to sit with Him and allow Him to fill us. When that happens, the paint looks fine, the entree is just right and no amount of “mess-ups” at the office get you down. As the Psalmist writes:
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalm 139)