We live in a society that encourages us to be the picture of perfection, to fit into a tiny box of social norms and societal stigmas and made to feel ostracized if we do not conform to those societal constraints. Romans 12:2 tells us “do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (NIV). We try so hard to strive for perfection, to be the perfect parent, wife, husband, friend, sibling, son, or daughter that we lose track of whom God made us to be. We measure ourselves by our success in life, our careers, and our possessions but not by our gifts and talents given to us by God, our faith, or our relationship with Christ.

We lose sight of who we are and we forget that in our darkest moments when we feel most alone, rejected, and cast aside by the world that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14,NIV). In God’s eyes we are already perfect, cast in His image, made uniquely for His purpose. So when we begin to feel lost and we are unable to see the path ahead remember, “We’re going to be fine. God is real and good and present and working” (Shauna Niequist, Present over Perfect). We are not meant to go it alone, we were always meant to walk this journey with Christ but sometimes we let life get in the way and we take the more difficult path, the bumpy road full of dead ends and obstacles.

God calls us to be brave, to be fearless. He longs for us to embrace ourselves and the beautiful mess that we are, that He made us. “God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful—as beautiful on the inside as the outside” (1 Thessalonians 4:7, The Message). When we live into our fullest potential, into our calling, then and only then will we be fulfilled. We then must learn to enjoy the journey, wherever it may take us and trust His timing.