I was thinking a lot today and I came across this verse in the Bible…
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” ~2 Corinthians 4:7-9
“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
~2 Corinthians 12:8-10
I don’t know about you, but I’m not perfect.
And I’m so glad that I don’t have to be.
We are saved and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, not by anything that we do and most certainly not by how perfect we are. In our weakness, in the times we may fail or make mistakes, God’s strength shines through. God’s light and power shine through our failures and our weaknesses.
So take heart and stop trying so hard to be perfect and keep it all together. It’s okay to mess up. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to not be perfect. You will hear lies inside your head and from the world telling you what you must do next to be “perfect.” But the world’s version of perfection is so overrated. We need to rest in God. He is ultimately perfect in every way. And He will make us complete and vessels to reveal His glory and power, if we will only let Him shine through our weaknesses and mistakes.
Stop trying to avoid your weaknesses and hide them. Instead, hold your chin up high and rejoice that, through His power, God is making you stronger every day!
Isabella Morganthal (20) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.