One of my best friends in the world recently shared with me that she messed up. She let down a friend of her’s and didn’t show up to an important event simply because she had forgotten. It had been a crazy couple weeks for her so while she was beating herself up for not being there, I was listing off all the reasons why her friend would understand. We’re all human. She’s a solid friend and would completely understand the mishap. I reassured her over and over, encouraging her to give herself some grace.
This is typical me.
I am quick to remind friends they’re worthy of all kinds of goodness. I tell them to not beat themselves up over that thing they said or didn’t say and remind them God’s grace is sufficient. I remind them they are enough and I believe every word.
But you want to know the truth?
I have a hard time cutting myself a break when I mess up. Some days I struggle to believe His grace covers me. I struggle to realize that no one is perfect and no matter how much I believe in the power and neccessity of grace, I struggle to give it to myself.
Isn’t that silly? It sounds silly writing the words but it’s the gospel truth.
Why is it that often the thing we’re quick to give to others is the very thing we struggle with the most? I don’t expect others to be perfect but I am my own worst critic, demanding perfection of myself and just assuming everyone else needs me to be perfect, too.
God’s Word says the opposite and is pretty clear on two things:
1.) No one is perfect
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
2.) His grace is for all
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
The beauty of grace is that it frees us to make mistakes. It frees us to accept that we all mess up from time to time because life is messy, and most of all it frees us to fully appreciate the gift God has given us and spread the good news to others.
So let’s keep on doing and striving to look more like Christ each day. Let’s keep throwing out grace like confetti and jumping in the Word when we need a reminder to be a little nicer to ourselves.