We can try to project an image of perfection but the real us has flaws. Fruit and vegetables in an organic garden look much different than those at most supermarkets. Organic produce has flaws and each one is unique in shape and color, while often non-organic produce appears flawless and bright in color. However, looks can be deceiving because it’s the organic fruit that has no poisons and a multitude of nutrients and minerals.
We were made in the image of God on purpose for a purpose. We have been created with our individual strengths and talents because we have been shaped and fashioned for our unique destiny and call. We also have our own weaknesses and inabilities because we are finite human beings.
The God of the universe loved us even with our flaws and failures and sent His only son Jesus to earth to rescue, redeem, restore and reconnect us back to Himself. As we receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we become children of God upon whom the Father lavishes His love.
As we cultivate our relationship in prayer with our Heavenly Father, we will grow in knowing who He is and who He has designed us to be. The more we meditate on how unconditionally loved we are, the more we will relax into our own skin. As we become authentic people who are comfortable with our strengths and weaknesses, we will become people who can accept others with their imperfections as well. The more we become people of grace, the more people will see the God of grace.
2 Corinthians 12:5 (NLT) - That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses.