“Oh, I just hate that.” I mumbled under my breath as my son just happened to walk by. Well, we don’t say “hate” in our house. So, like any good kid, he took that opportunity and ran with it. It was only a short lecture with a reminder that we don’t use words like that in our house and then an explanation as to why I needed to say I was sorry. (Yes, he keeps me in line).
This, I thought, is a great opportunity to have the “mommies and daddies aren’t perfect” talk with them. Which led to me telling them that even mommies have boogers and make mistakes. Our children often think we are perfect and don’t make mistakes. They look up to us and think we are superheros, and that makes us feel great inside – even if we know it isn’t true. But, we do our kids and other women a disservice if we allow them to believe in this illusion of perfection. They need to hear that we make mistakes and learned lessons from those mistakes. They need to hear us ask for forgiveness and to offer forgiveness when someone has hurt us.
Have you heard another mom yell at her kids or a wife confess she had a meltdown and cried because she couldn’t keep up with everything on her plate? Did you feel a sense of relief because you realized that you weren’t the only one on the planet who had (or was) experiencing that same thing – that wasn’t perfect?
The Bible is full of amazing people, their stories and how they served the Lord. However, other than Jesus, not one of them was perfect. They all made mistakes. In Jonah 1:1-3, God asks Jonah to go and speak to His people about their sins and He ran away from God. In Job 2:7-10, Job’s wife tells him to “curse God and die!” because Job is in so much pain from the sores on his body and she can’t stand to see him suffer any longer. In 2 Samuel 11:1-4, David is overwhelmed by the desires of the flesh and commits adultery. In Ruth 1:20-21, Naomi blames the Lord for all her loss and changes her name to Mara (which means bitter). I could go on, but I’m sure you are getting the point. (Take some time during your week to look up these verses and read more about each one of them. They are all amazing stories.)
These people are the rock stars of the Bible and they ran from God, told those they love to curse Him, broke His commandments and blamed Him for their loss, but they also loved Him! They recognized their weaknesses, asked forgiveness and found strength in the Lord again. We all mess up. We all have moments of weakness, we lose our way, our faith falters, we lean on others instead of Him and, Yes, we all have boogers, but God loves us anyway! Praise the Lord!
“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.” Acts 13:38