Can I let you in on a secret?
I hesitate to wear my own shirts. Why?
Because I think if I am wearing this I have to be perfect. I have to be on my best behavior. I do not do "best" behavior well.
- I try to drive the speed limit and let other cars in front of me.
- I try to exercise every day.
- I try to not give in to every chocolate craving I have.
- I try most times to wait until I can have a one on one discussion with a child that has done wrong.
But sometimes I stop in the middle of the sidewalk and ask what were you thinking? I love the saying Jesus loves this hot mess because some days I am a hot mess. But I remember
And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:6
It is not necessary that I be perfect. It is not likely either. It is a fact that one person was perfect on this earth and thanks to him I have eternal life. Some of us are so worried about being perfect we are doing nothing.
I realize it takes guts to wear a faith shirt. Because we are calling attention to ourselves and people will judge and watch us. But we are not put here to be perfect, we are here to LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE. Maybe a shirt is a way to get the conversation started with someone who is hurting. When someone judges us we can use that as a teaching moment, that thanks to Christ I do not have to be perfect but I do need to try.
Wearing a faith shirt convicts me to be better.
- Get out of my head and smile it could change someone's day
- Get out of my head and look for ways to be helpful to someone.
- Get out of my head and look for ways of service
- Get out of my head and talk to someone else (as an introvert this is big for me).
Grace reminds me that I do not have to get this right every day, I need to keep trying though.
- It is okay to fall but get back up.
- We will sin but repent and learn from it.
God is not looking for a chance to beat you over the head with all your sins he is looking for a chance to show you more of his grace and love. Let him.
BY grace I put forth these shirts and write these posts.
Remember the grace God extended you when you comment, when you tweet, when you call the customer service line, when you hear the latest skirmish your child has gotten into, and when you post to Facebook etc.