So, the two boys I care for here are LEGO obsessed. They have so many building blocks to create airplanes, the eiffel tower, a castle, dinosaurs, dragons, construction trucks, police cars...pretty much anything you can imagine, they have made it in LEGOs (even a tiny port-a-potty, haha). This evening I was working on a 4-story "hotel" with the 5 year-old.
At first, Federico wanted to only use blue pieces. But as we began to build, we quickly realized that if we allowed ourselves to use the red, green, yellow, and even the "ugly" brown and gray pieces, we could make our hotel to be several stories high! So, we ended up making a multi-colored hotel, which wasn't necessarily as pretty on the outside, but it was complete with severals flights of stairs, an elevator, and a front patio with a restaurant (this is a very talented 5 year-old). Federico was so proud of what we had constructed at the end, and he didn't seem to mind that his hotel wasn't all blue - he said it was a 'beautiful' hotel because it had so many colors.
So often I want to hide my imperfections, and present myself to the world as an all-blue LEGO hotel. I fear exposing myself to the world with all of the ugly gray and brown blocks that are a part of who I am. But the wonderful thing about God's grace, is that it is sufficient for us. We all have gray and brown pieces built into our walls - times we mess up, lose our patience, fail to trust God, when we fall into the same sin over and over again. But we don't have to be perfect, because Jesus is, and He has already credited us with His righteousness when He died on the cross. In fact, there is freedom in admitting our imperfection, which allows us to better strive towards holiness.
God's Word says: "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."" - 2 Corinthians 12:9
I must remind myself to choose to be genuine, instead of putting up a front that I'm some kind of perfectly put-together human. I can boast gladly of my weaknesses, accepting God's grace over my life. Instead of allowing my sin to control me as I try to hide it, I can allow God to use my imperfection and failures. Every time I mess up, I have an opportunity to experience God's grace more deeply. I can allow God to use those ugly brown and gray pieces of my life to make me stronger spiritually, to build my faith up higher, just like Federico's multi-colored LEGO hotel.
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