Embrace the Awkward
Turning My Page
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness.…Philippians 2:5-7
I experienced an intense, painfully shy day in an unfamiliar place last week. The knots formed in my stomach, shame flamed my cheeks at the first awkward flub. I wasn’t getting anything right, and I wanted to crawl in a hole. I was sure everyone was laughing at my fumbling.
I forget growth, success, and God’s faithfulness. I was the same insecure child of my past, attempting perfection. But as I pulled out of the wrong bay, I spoke out loud. “Embrace the awkward Karisa. Only you are expecting to make no mistakes”, and with that, the knots in my stomach loosened, and the negative mantra in my head was silenced.
I can’t help that I have moments of mistakes in new terrain, but I can change how I treat myself when I do.
- Acknowledge perfectionism is rooted in pride.
- My insufficiencies cause me to seek God.
- Who am I trying to impress, God, or man?
- Embracing mistakes helps others to come to Jesus as they are.
Embracing the awkward means, I accept that I’m still growing and learning in faith.
Turning Your Page
You will make mistakes. There is a difference between sin and mistakes. Mistakes are the gap between what we know and what we still need to learn. I truly believe Jesus made mistakes. He didn’t eat perfectly as an infant, he stumbled and had skinned knees as a child. Jesus learned as an adolescent and adult to draw close to God and walk in humility and persistent obedience. He was God, limiting himself to our fallible flesh.
Jesus didn’t consider equality with God his goal. He embraced the awkward to save mankind and show us how to live free from the bondage to sin. Beauty is created in the persisting through uncomfortable feelings.
- How do you react when you make private or public mistakes?
- Is there someone you are trying to impress?
- Practice responding to mistakes with grace.
- Record what you learn from mistakes.
Lord, mistakes are not the end of the story. Help me to embrace, learn, and move forward from my fear of others’ reactions. Amen