Today, on Easter Sunday, this is the day that you must realize that you are not perfect. It is time that you recognize your flaws, embrace your weaknesses, and let yourself free.
You have never been perfect, you are not perfect now, and you never will be perfect. You are not perfect, and that’s okay because you are you, and that is your greatest strength.
Every morning you roll out of bed feeling tired just like the rest of the world. It takes you a moment to wake up and fully collect your thoughts. You start to question all that you have to do in the day ahead and wonder if it’s going to be a better idea to just crawl back into bed and close your eyes once again.
It’s a challenge to find the strength and motivation to get ready for work. First, you have to figure out what you are going to wear. You want to find something that is going to get you compliments, but you end up settling for your normal jeans and a polo because it’s what looks decent enough to meet the dress code, but comfortable enough to where you can relax.
As you walk into a job that you love (or maybe you don’t), a sense of entitlement falls over you and you think that you deserve a raise. You think that your company is lucky to have you and needs to pay you for being as awesome as you are. After all, you have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and credit card debt to pay back.
You look at your friends who are less accomplished but making more than you are and wonder why life always seems to benefit them over you. As much as you try to let that thought go, it sticks in the back of your mind like glue.
After a long day at the office, all you want to do is to go home, relax, and throw your feet up. You can’t though. As you walk into your house, you realize that your family is going to require even more of your time. You worked all day only to devote your evenings to running your kids to and from practice, grabbing a quick bite to eat at a local drive-thru, and hoping to make it home before the nightly news.
If you are single, you may still experience struggles. After a long day at work, you get home to an empty apartment, but instead of being happy that you have time on your hands to do essentially whatever it is that you want to do, you feel alone and isolated. You want to share your time with somebody else, but your confidence and shyness stand in your way. You wonder if you will ever learn to love or learn to love again, but that mental roadblock in your mind is always pointing to the negatives. To cope with it, you go to the kitchen, pour a glass of whiskey, and drink the night away.
During the challenging times that we are in right now, all you want to do is to go outside, interact with those around you, get back to a sense of normalcy, but the fear of falling ill has left you sheltered in place. You are itching to get back out there and spread your wings, but realize that the risk isn’t worth the reward. Now, more than ever before, you want to show the world that you are perfect, but life has different plans. That’s because you are not perfect, and that’s okay.
At some point or another, each and every single one of us has struggled with one of these thoughts. These are not the thoughts of someone who is perfect. These are the thoughts of someone who deals with insecurities, who frequently question their worth, and who struggles just like the rest of the world.
Maybe you do feel tired in the mornings and struggle to find the motivation to get out of bed, but guess what… you are alive and breathing. You may struggle to find something to wear to a job that you don’t necessarily love, but at least you have a job. At least you have the opportunity to make money to support both yourself and potentially your family.
You may look at your friends who are making more than you are without having to work as much, but why not be happy for those individuals and grateful that you have them as friends? You may struggle to find time for yourself in between all of your family commitments, but be thankful that you have a healthy family that you get to share your life and time with. Or if you are single, you may feel lonely and isolated, but why not cherish the time that you have to create new memories when you want to and explore all the world has to offer?
The point is, you are not perfect, and that’s okay because nobody is perfect. What matters more is the fact that you are here, you are alive and breathing, and you have an endless world of opportunity at the tips of your fingers to live whatever life you desire for yourself. You are a child of God, and He made you who you are for a reason. Always remember that.
There are going to be days where it’s hard to move past and to not question your imperfections, but always be thankful for who you are and the imperfections that follow. Life is a blessing, one that we all need to cherish and to make the most out of. There is only one perfect soul that has ever walked the face of this planet, and today it is He who we celebrate.
So let go of perfection, embrace your imperfections, and celebrate the life of Jesus, for it is He who gave his life so that you could be the imperfect soul that you are.