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July 9, 2012

Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror. C. S. Lewis

If God works in us to better reflect Him, how we move and change each day is a reflection of the direction we are heading. If we don’t progress and change towards our Christ like nature, then all we are really doing is regressing and moving further away from God.

No change, essentially, is still change. We are either moving towards the glory of God, allowing His nature to become ours. Or we are running up hill and fighting a battle we will never win. If that is the case, all we are doing is running away from Him.

Though this thought is extremely scary, the good news is less is more in this case. I have found throughout my life, the harder I tried to change, the more it worked against me.

My biggest growth spurts in my spiritual life have happened when I surrendered.

We are all broken.
We all fall short.
We will never get it all right. Ever.

Here is what is so amazing about God’s love, He knows we won’t get it right, but that’s not what matters to Him. What matters is the surrender. To recognize we need Him. God doesn’t call us to be perfect. That’s why He gave us His son, to make our imperfections beautiful. Romans 5:8 says, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

He loves our ugly beautiful.
He longs for us to turn and run to His arms in the breakdown.

I often say there is beauty in the breakdown. And I believe this is what God sees when we fall short and still choose to run to His love.

You’re going to mess up.
You’re going to trip up.
You’re not going to get it all right.
The question isn’t are you going to make a mistake, we know and He knows we will. He sent His son, knowing we would mess up, to cover all our wrongs. The real question is where do you run?

Do you run to God, asking Him to get it right or do you run away from Him, trying to fix it all yourself?

Remember, the beauty in the breakdown is renewal that comes in our mistakes. It’s the ugly beautiful. The blessings we don’t always see in the moment.

The beauty in the breakdown is allowing Christ to do what He came to earth to do. He takes our messes and our imperfections and covers them with a love that delivers freedom and hope into every soul He encounters.

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