Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm embracing imperfection today/tonight.

In 1983 we came back from living in northern Brazil where we were in in the hottest, poorest state, Piaui, Brazil.
I can remember driving from DFW Airport to my parents' home near Canton and thinking that everywhere it looked like Disney World.   The manicured lawns of funeral homes, and even car dealerships were amazing.

And now we live in a neighborhood that for sure rivals Disney's landscapes... well, except our lawn.

Here is one of our bushes - 
I keep thinking I'll let our yaupon hollies grow out naturally - but then I succumb to peer pressure (that is inside my head) and I get them trimmed. Well, next week they might be trimmed. ... Or not.



And here are our flowers ... 

They are a disgrace.
But when I drive by them, I kind of get a sense of satisfaction.... 
that they announce, "Perfectionists don't live here!!"

I think Americans have a problem...
Well, Texans, anyway.

We have fake nails, and waxed (or threaded) eyebrows, and color-coordinated everything.
 It gets ridiculous.
And I fall prey to its seduction.

But I'm going to quit.
Cease and desist.

I'm going to relax in my... myself.

I'm going to let myself GO.

And live in GRACE.

Galatians 5:1 says,
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

I am going to relax.

I am going to live in freedom.

Christianity is not about bondage, as some folks think.
It is about freedom... and grace.... and eternal life.

WHAT A RELIEF.
WHAT A PROFOUND RELIEF IT IS TO TAKE THE BIBLE AS GOD'S WORD.

READ THE BOOK OF JOHN (the 4th book in the New Testament).

Christianity is about FREEDOM.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 

Is that not about freedom?
It IS about freedom.
I am all about freedom.
NOT slavery
and oughts and shoulds
and should-haves and ought-haves.

I so think we ought to re-listen
to Jesus
and his words.

And live in grace.

Mm.



 







1 comment:

Sara Elizabeth said...

I think the flowers are telling the truth. It's hotter than hades out there.