No, I’m not talking about junk in your trunk. Well, I guess I’m sort of talking about mine. It’s 7 am Friday(the day after the fourth of July). With the festivities finally over, it’s time to start packing for my family’s three day mini-vacation. The only problems are my “New Mommy” curves. Our beautiful son is 2 months old. That means 2 months ago I was pregnant, so I really don’t have any summer clothes that would be socially acceptable to wear in public. Believe me, some rolls are best left to the imagination. Except cinnamon rolls – it’s a vicious cycle.
I don’t plan on being a size 14 for long, so instead spending a ton of money on a new wardrobe I’m going to try to find some rummage sales today.
I love rummage sales! I find the most interesting things at them. My latest score was a fish Jell-O mold for a quarter. I know, right? Coolest potluck dish ever! This will be my go-to dish for the foreseeable future. Just for the record, my husband fully supports my rummage sale “problem” AND the fish Jell-O mold.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, Right? People sell things they don’t want anymore. They donate them, or even put them on the curb. Often I find exactly what I was looking for and the seller didn’t even know what a treasure they had!
I feel it is often the same with our past. We all make mistakes. Then we try to get rid of them – We pretend they don’t exist. Don’t stuff that in the attic, someone needs that! Those who are struggling don’t need to see a Christian who has it all together and never did anything wrong. They need an example of someone who is as screwed up as they are but has risen above that by the grace of God. They need a real role model they can relate to.
David refused to pretend to be a great warrior or king when he faced Goliath. David was an unlikely hero. If God used our strengths to carry out all of his plan, we could gloat and take credit for what he has done. But God is glorified by using the weak and humble, the imperfect.
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (1 Samuel 38-40, NIV)
Our merciful God has forgiven my mistakes. He is glorified in using me, an imperfect person, for his perfect plan. The fact that he can use me despite my numerous struggles proves what a great God he is!
Our mistakes are often what connect us with others. I pray that we, in all our imperfections, can connect to each other. I pray that my imperfections can help lead others to connection with a perfect God. I think that, first and foremost, as a Christian I need to be honest with myself and others about my past and current struggles. Christianity doesn’t need another person preaching about the right way to do things and how bad you are if you screw up. We don’t need a plastic pretty face. We don’t need a supermodel in skinny jeans. We need a real-life baby-mama in size 14 cutoff jean shorts who likes cinnamon rolls too much for her own good and brought a fish Jell-O mold to the potluck…again. What we need is honesty, vulnerability, and forgiveness…definitely forgiveness. If we didn’t need that, we couldn’t call ourselves Christians!