Flawed, Yet Favored

Are you, like everyone else, living a not – so – perfect life? Do have character flaws that you are fully aware of and know there needs to be some rescue 911 to intervene and give you a character check and a fix? Do you have stored up resentment from a past “scar”? Are you carrying around big ole gremlins called distrust and hurt? Has this pain and inability to trust caused you issues as you have embarked on relationships with others? Does your soul seem kind of soiled because your spirit feels somewhat unsettled? Are you, at times, walking around with a smile, when at the drop of a hat, you want to belt out a cry that pulls from your deepest, most dark place? Have you not dealt with forgiving yourself for mistakes or bad decisions you’ve made in the past? Overall, are there not that many, but enough things that appear “not right” in your life? Lots of questions, and if you’re like me, the answer is or has been “Yes” for quite a few of these and in some cases the answer has been “Yes” for quite a long time!

So many of us, well, all of us, exist on this earth, in bodies that are not perfect and lives that are far from perfection. Society causes us to think or believe that both are possible, however neither are! There is no perfect body and no perfect life! We are all flawed! That’s an absolute!

The perfect One who created His children, uniquely and divinely, knew this and expects us to be flawed beings. I believe, as I’ve been told, that this doesn’t give us an excuse to live a raggedy life, by any means. What it does provide is the acceptance and ownership that we are all works-in-progress, and with that ownership it is our charge, our task to be in the mode of living a better life every day. Waking up with the notion of not improving keeps us bound, keeps us with a spirit of toxins—emotions that turn into hazardous waste, that serve no purpose other than to wreak havoc, to keep people in spiritual unrest, all to make 100% sure that we live unhappy lives.

With those flaws, with turmoil sometimes rampant, the favor of God can still be upon you. Doesn’t seem possible, does it? Well, it’s true. I’m no preacher, minister or theologian or anyone of that caliber, but there were flawed people in biblical times, who had the favor of God. The person that comes to my mind most often is David. He, no doubt, had issues! Lots of them! However, because he was a man after God’s own heart, he was favored by the Almighty. If you haven’t already done so, read the story of David and Bathsheba. It will blow your mind! I was so intrigued by the story which beautifully showcased David’s flaws and his favor, I bought the DVD (starring Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward)!

I believe that if you seek God, genuinely, sincerely and passionately, in all things… “all” really meaning “all”, love Him with your whole heart, desire to be a better person and make even incremental improvements every day, you are a candidate for God’s favor. When it divinely enters your life, you will surely know it! You will welcome it with an open heart and mind, then enjoy the journey. What you must never do, is forget to give God the praise for the gift! Thank The Lord for being merciful enough to shower a flawed person with favor! If you humbly walk under this umbrella of love, the experience of favor will continue to pour out sweetly blessed misty raindrops on your life. Be careful how you stroll through the heavenly showers though, as favor is not promised, and we have to earn it in a way in which sometimes only God understands. Therefore, as Hebrews 12:2, speaks to staying in the practice of “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith”, have peace in knowing that you, me and countless others, who believe in the awesome mercy of Our Father, can be put in the lineup to be Flawed, Yet Favored!

Peace & Blessings, Lisa B

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