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Don’t be perfect, be redeemed

Don’t be perfect, be redeemed? This has been a word that Jesus has been gently massaging into my spirit. It’s a pulling out of misconceptions and false views of myself and others. It requires that I let go of ideals and take a deeper look at what perfect really means.

Perfect. A state of being that is completely unattainable yet, one that I seem bent on reaching. The perfect mother, wife, friend, daughter. The slightest mess or mistake devastates me because it threatens my goal of perfection.

What I am really doing is hiding the fact that I am afraid of rejection. If I really let you see me, will you reject me? I want you to love me. So, I hide. I hide my mess, my weaknesses, my mistakes, and more because I am afraid you won’t love me. You see imperfect, messy me is just that….messy. In my times of mess, I am often breaking into a million pieces.

Don’t be perfect, be redeemed

I remember sitting under my pastor’s teaching on brokenness and communion. Papa showed me that I was hiding under a table covered by a tablecloth. I was being the Shulamite woman hiding away with my shame and fear of rejection. I was frustrated that I wasn’t…..Perfect.

Jesus joined me under my table. He looked at me lovingly yet squarely in the eyes and said:

“I don’t expect you to be perfect, because I am not perfect according to your measure of perfect. Look at my body. It too is scarred worse than yours. I don’t want your perfect. I want you. That is were you become mature with me. I know you are human and I embrace that because I love to redeem. Don’t be perfect, be redeemed.

(Check out Patricia’s post if you want to understand the definition of redemption.)

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Stepping out of perfection and into redemption

The more I sit with Jesus in this revelation the more I realize that life is a journey of experiences both positive and negative. Experiences mean that we are living. Mess and broken mean we are living and experiencing. We are trying and taking risks. I believe God honors that and smiles when we close our eyes to take in that deep breath of courage before leaping into the unknown.Don't be perfect, be redeemed

In it all, He asks that we continue to remain vulnerable and open to him. Jesus is the safest person we can trust. So, we risk. We open the door to those no entry places of our hearts a little wider for a little longer. The light of his presence pours in a bit more. In this moment, love casts out all far. Its ok to be broken messy and human. We are loved and accepted and cherished by God. He redeems and redefines us instead of our shortcomings and circumstances.

Letting go

But then, I wonder about my ideas and my desire for life to go perfectly according to plan. Life tends to plow on almost mercilessly throwing me into situations I am unprepared for and didn’t expect. What do I do with this? I know I’m going to make a mess or fumble around barely treading water.

These are the moments of letting go. Letting go of my ideals and standard of perfection to embrace with both hands the fullness of love. You see love is not afraid of mess or getting its hands dirty. No. Love is patient and kind and not self-seeking. It extends grace and mercy laced with compassion and understanding. love doesn’t demand perfection. It seeks openness and vulnerability.

Jesus, come into my spaces

So, I find myself asking Jesus to do this one thing – “come into my spaces – those messy broken spaces that only he can define and redeem. He takes the lead and we follow. All Papa asks of any of us is that we love fully. Love him and each other. We love him first because he is our excellent role model of love. From there, we love each other fully and deeply. We bravely allow our hearts to intertwine with each other because we need each other. This is when we become a cord of three strands not easily broken.

Imperfect, messy you is deeply loved

With love and grace, we courageously lower our walls and masquerade masks. We look at each other in the eyes albeit awkwardly and shyly. What do you see? I see you looking at me with love and acceptance.

Dearest, your mess does not define you. God does. You are seen and valued for who you are right now in your mess and brokenness. You are a broken offering that releases sweet smelling fragrance heavenward. You are alive, breathing the life of God. You are deeply loved.

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By | 2018-01-26T15:45:21+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Revelations and Encounters|12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Patricia Willoughby 31st May 2017 at 02:26 - Reply

    Hi Allie,
    I really appreciated your thinking on this. I was inspired to write a blog on the word redeemed and I linked your blog to it. Here is the link to my blog. http://patriciamwilloughby.com/redeemed-defined-explained

    • ailie 31st May 2017 at 08:44 - Reply

      Hi Patricia. Wow thanks for sharing. I feel so honored to have helped inspire your post 🙂

  2. Lauren Abigail 31st May 2017 at 03:16 - Reply

    I loved this post! God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. If we were perfect, we wouldn’t come crawling to Him for help, love, and life. We wouldn’t have any lessons to learn on our journey through Christianity. Perfection is so praised, but we weren’t meant to be perfect. We were meant to be His children.

    • ailie 31st May 2017 at 08:45 - Reply

      Amen Lauren. That’s so good and so true. I love how you emphasis that if we were perfect we wouldn’t seek God. God is always inviting us to go deeper in our walk with him and experience his love. Perfection stops us from doing that.

  3. Lauren C. Moye 31st May 2017 at 03:22 - Reply

    One of the biggest challenges to my friendships is when I get pushed a little too far and the mask falls to reveal raging anger. I don’t know why I consider anger to be such a defining characteristic for me because I don’t live in perpetual anger (I’m no Bruce Banner!). But I always feel like people will look at me like some kind of monster after I cave. I have to pray for courage to face somebody after I get mad at them because I am so sure they won’t be interested in being around me anymore.

    All that to say, your earlier part about fear of rejection really rang true for me.

    • ailie 31st May 2017 at 08:49 - Reply

      Hi Lauren. I really understand that raging anger as its been a walk for me too (one less advertised) and is a scary place. I giggled when you said you’re no Bruce Banner. Sometimes I think we are harder on ourselves in our weakness than others would potentially be. That being said I love your wisdom about praying for wisdom when talking to someone who has made you mad. That’s such wisdom and maturity.
      Fear of rejection has been a big issue for me too and I’m slowly learning that the more secure I am in God’s love and acceptance of me the less I have to fear.

  4. Kate Fabian 31st May 2017 at 13:04 - Reply

    Hi Ailie! Love, love, love this post. Your thoughts mirrored mine. I’ve been lied about sometime ago that I should feel sorry for messing up my whole life. I dreaded rejection because I knew I won’t be desirable anymore, by anyone and even God.

    To Lauren, I love your honesty telling your challenges about friendships. I am heart broken over some troubled friendships because of my over sensitivity and perfection. I pray for God’s deliverance on my anger and willingness to forgive.

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  6. tara8910 5th June 2017 at 16:29 - Reply

    When we truly grasp this, it’s easier to restart after we mess up. None of us are perfect, but all too often, we expect ourselves to be!

    • ailie 5th June 2017 at 22:00 - Reply

      So true Tara. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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