I love spring – birds singing, flowers growing, new life. But in reality, it’s not all beautiful. Think stubborn mounds of blackened snow, dirty streets, muddy shoes. It’s messy. And while Facebook would have us believe that life consists only of beautiful people, well-behaved children, and photo-worthy meals, we all know that there’s more to it. Real life is messy. Illness, conflict, uncertainty, betrayal. Even church can be messy, especially when growth and change and developing vision are part of it. HCC is blessed with all of this. A building under renovation, a wealth of different cultures and ideas from our church family, a search for how to be relevant to a world in need. Transition.
So how do we navigate through the mess? Author Mike Yaconelli had this to say, “Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality – not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the one who is present in the tangledness of our lives.” What freedom there is when perfection is not our goal. What relief there is in knowing that our God understands the struggles and walks through them with us. How amazing it is that his unconditional love never falters. How blessed we are to know that we can be confident of this “that he who began a good work in [us] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil 1:6
As we move forward in life and in church, amidst change and challenges, we can trust Jesus to lead us. Let’s be a family that lives out grace and forgiveness. Let’s commit to loving more and complaining less, even in the messy parts, and passionately seek God in everything we do.
Blessings, Cathy Little