(mixed media art-in-progress..."Suspended in Grace"...with four being the number of Creativity...and the amount of children I have had to release to God and His unfathomable riches of Grace!)
Love Michael Hyatt's post today on living with Permanent Beta. This is when you find an acceptable level of imperfection, and you roll with it anyhow. (That's my succinct paraphrase, and I think it's great.)
My Spiritual Gift is "Roll With It". You won't find it in Scripture, not in those exact words, nor will you find it on any Spiritual Gift Test. But I promise, my gift is Roll With It.
Not so long ago, however, my gift was more akin to "Wait Until It's Perfect". The crazy thing is, nothing ever was. Perfect.
Thank God He imparted the gift of Roll With It to me. If He hadn't, very little would be getting done, except what I could do to please and bless myself. I wouldn't be actively mentoring other women, creating art and selling it, and we wouldn't even attempt college with our youngest. That situation is wildly imperfect, we have no college fund whatsoever, and he is undeserving.
But we Roll With It. What God says, we do, even when it is BigBig, even when we don't seem to have the resources, even when we can't do it perfectly the first time.
The big revelation (truly) for me was - and I didn't begin to really get it until I began naming my years, beginning with "Create" - that you always tweak as you go. I once knew a man, Godblesshim, who for years was hung up on pride. He worried that The Preacher was prideful, worried about the pride of teenage boys, and prayed endlessly for humility - especially that others who were doing Big Things would Stay Humble. He was the pride police, and of course, you aren't supposed to walk in pride.
So you sit and do little-to-nothing in the area of your true calling and passion, wearing pride turned inside-out like a reversible coat. We all know that pride is what keeps you sitting there until you are no longer proud. And the worst pride of all is to be certain of your own humility. Might be best to shed that deceptively-protective layer and stand up and do something imperfectly. By the way - be proud that you did.
Then you simply face up....man-up...woman-up....to the Tweaking Process. Someone is going to correct/critique/tell you how you must improve.
Hug them, when they do. I did...just last week - and they weren't just correcting my spelling or my grammar.
And I received correction a few weeks before that. If no one is critiquing you, you aren't out in front. (And if you are the one always critiquing...well...I've got sad news. You aren't out in front either. But I'll take your criticism on advisement.)
Does that mean I must embrace all correction? Nah. Only when it is for the Greater Good. Only when it does not compromise the Finished Work of Christ in my life. When it gets petty or personal, I toss it like year-old mascara.
Friend, it's all in the Tweak. Life is one big 80 year Tweak. Get over yourself, and move on. If you make a mistake, own it and fix it. I promise the juju of the universe is not moved when we screw things up. You were born wrong, and you'll be wrong again before dinner.
All my life I thought I had God's stamp of approval because my life wasn't going badly. Now I was faced with the fear that it might actually be the opposite. What if my life was going so beautifully because I wasn't chasing after God?
- Jennie Allen, Anything