I’ll get this out of the way now.
I’m not a perfect person.
I may like to think I am because being “perfect” gives me worth. Being “perfect” means I am not as far gone as I think I am. Being “perfect” gives me a buffer between my flaws and what others perceive me as.
But beneath the illusion of perfection I have built for myself and those around me, I am deeply flawed, hurting, and frustrated with myself for not being … better.
The reality, dear Rose, is that no one is perfect. Even the most righteous and godly woman isn’t perfect. While the World grooms us to hide away our flaws, weaknesses, mistakes, and bad choices, this line of thinking often leaves us feeling beyond repair, useless, damaged, dirty, rejected, forgotten, and shameful.
We ask ourselves, “Who could ever love a mess like me?”
God is close to the broken.
While the world may see you for all the things you are not, God sees your broken heart and loves it. He loves it deeply, He loves it widely, and He loves it more than you could ever imagine. In fact, He loved it so much that He died for it before you were even formed in your mother’s womb.
God seeks the helpless, the ashamed, the rejected, and the forgotten because despite our flaws, God cherishes us as His children, His heirs, and His chosen ones. It is here in our brokenness, that God reveals to us our need for His love and just how desperate we are for His grace. It is here in the rubble that we realize we were meant for more.
Yes, we are broken people, but our worth is not defined in our brokenness. We are defined through the worth that God gives our broken pieces—a worth that comes from and is found only from Him.
Our redemption is not made possible by anything we have done, it’s only made possible by Jesus’s death on the cross where He took upon His shoulders every sin, every tear, every bad decision, every flaw that we hold, and exchanged His life for our freedom from it.
Every crack and scar that lines the map of our soul is a reminder of the eternal inheritance that He gave to us at the cross and the reality that we are no longer our brokenness, we are no longer our shame, we are no longer our past choices, we are no longer _______.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Instead, we are His Children, deeply loved and adored by the King of the Universe and our identity is found in Him, not the rubble of our past. Through this, we can let go of the lie that we are too broken for His love, too broken for His healing, and too broken for Him to use for good.
God’s power, truth, and love is bigger than your brokenness and your past truths, and what you deemed as irredeemable, He sees only your potential. He can transform your story of brokenness into a beacon of light for those who are still in the darkness and lost in the lies that Satan and the World has ensnared them in.
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.
Bekah is a young writer and podcaster from Southern California who is a lover of all things books and Christ and has been writing and publishing articles on Christian living since the tender age of twelve. Her mission in life is to bring light to the darkness through the written word via fiction and nonfiction. She is the assistant manager of The Wilting Rose Project and hopes to inspire young ladies in their walk with Christ in a world where hope is hard to come by.