Weekly Reflections

Our Incompleteness Is Acceptable To God

“To deny our errors is to deny ourself, for to be human is to be imperfect, somehow error—prone. To be human is to ask unanswerable questions, but to persist in asking them, to be broken and ache for wholeness, to hurt and to try to find a way to healing through the hurt…Spirituality accepts that “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” Ernest Kurtz

No doubt if your watching a sporting event on TV, the cameras will pan to someone holding a sign that reads, 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.” Truly living our faith requires us to recognize our brokenness before God. Our best human efforts cannot overcome the attachments we make in this world.

God knew we were imperfect people prone to shunning him, forgetting him, and outright dismissing him. And yet, our imperfections did not stop him from sending Jesus into the world. When we separate ourselves from God, as did our very first ancestors, Adam and Eve, he doubles down and pursues us like a relentless parent wanting the best for their child.

We often become our own worst enemies when it comes to brokenness. We notice a defect and immediately judge ourselves. God, rather than judging, swoops in with wisdom, people, and tools so that we may discern a path toward happiness and freedom. God doesn’t wallow in the brokenness, so why should we?

Next time, probably at some point in this day, when you find yourself lost in your own “humanity” let God into that private, sometimes hellish space. If anger, resentment, jealousy, pomposity, pride, or attachment to anything has wrestled your insides unresponsive to God, just imagine opening the door that reads:

John 3:16

Remember, God loves you so much he sent his only Son. Through him, with him, and in him, nothing is impossible. There is no one, no one, who understands your brokenness more than Jesus. He died for you. The least you can do today is join your humanity to that cross and let him be with you. Together, you will find whatever it is you need to heal the brokenness within. Be patient. Persevere.

  • Steve Thibeau

    Wow Kathy this is exactly what my own direction is revealing to me in the program I am in. We just had our silent retreat and what a great spiritual experience it was for me. Your message resonated with me today. Peace, Steve

    January 28, 2018