Imperfect People

Imperfect People in love with a Perfect God

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Imperfect People - Imperfect People in love with a Perfect God

I’m not good enough to go to church

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I over heard someone say the other day “I am not good enough to come to church” this totally broke my heart. 

I wonder if we as Christians have missed something.  I feel we have done the world an injustice for ever making anyone think you have to have it “all together” before you come into the doors of a church.  Church is a place where we can come as we are, broken and in need of direction.  Jesus said he came for the sick, not the well.  Forgive us for EVER coming across better or more “holy.” 

The Jesus I serve hung out with prostitutes and tax collectors.  He told the people who wanted to stone a woman caught in adultery, “let you who have never sinned throw the first stone.”   If Jesus were walking the earth today he would spend time with the homeless man on a park bench or whisper “I love you” to the woman who keeps trying to find love in all the wrong places. 

The Jesus I serve would laugh at how complicated we have made his message.  He would simply say “follow me.”  You don’t have to have a SINGLE ounce of holiness.  In fact he’s kinda famous for transforming people.  None of his disciples were church leaders, they were just regular guys.  The person who wrote most of the new testament (Paul) was out persecuting Christians, until he was transformed. 

When we become Christians our life becomes totally new.  You’re not just a “more shiny apple”, you have been transformed into an orange.   Our guilt, shame, and filth becomes something he can use to do and accomplish so much more than our own weak sinful selves could do on our own.  Forgive us for holding onto that past and judging others just to feel better about ourselves

The church is not a building, it is the people.  Mostly good hearted people, mostly people that want to live a life as an example of Christ, but we don’t always get it right.   If the people of the church have failed you please don’t assume the God will fail you too.  People make mistakes but the good news is everyone was made perfect and unique by a God that doesn’t make mistakes.  He never sorted people into classes, or social groups.  He never said anyone is better than anyone else.  He loves people that no one else loves and he loves those that can’t even love themselves.

I have experienced the amazing Love of a God that loved me even though I didn’t deserve it.  Who am I to keep that love all to myself?

Give me some feedback.  What do you think? Tags: Christian,faith

Overcoming fear

If you have read this before you know by now I am all about being real.  I am an imperfect person.  And here is one of my struggles…

I struggle with FEAR.  I fear just about everything.  The tape that plays in my head most days sounds something like, “what if we die in a car wreck, what if that causes cancer, Is that car a following me?”  And a million more daily examples of how i can be overtaken and imprisoned by fear.

Fear is an ugly 1,000 lb burden that creeps it way back to my shoulders over and over again.   I give it over, feel free, and then before I know it I am afraid again.

Most people wouldn’t know this about me, I don’t advertise it and I don’t hide under the covers all day.  But none the less fear is a struggle.

There are certainly things worse than death but I suppose that is a big one.  Why do I fear dying when I am promised dying is to gain??!!  That the eternity in heaven is so much better than here.

I think realizing EACH day is a precious gift.  Yes I am not promised tomorrow but right here right now is a priceless moment.  To BE where I am.  To embrace the moment.  To laugh more, worry less, and LOVE others.