“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is…” Colossians 3:1
My wife and I are expecting the birth of our first child, a baby girl, on June 4th. We are beyond excited for the arrival of Norah Mae and cannot wait until she is here with us. Every time I think about holding her awesome little self in my arms it brings a smile to my face. I can’t wait to lay her in my arms and watch Cubs games and spend Sundays with her watching football.
We’ve begun the process of painting her bedroom and it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world. We are currently renting a house and the bedroom we designated as Norah’s was painted DARK blue. Not even a normal blue….but a blue so dark that it almost dares you to try to cover it up with a lighter color. We primed the wall and it was as if the blue was whispering “I can still see youuuuuuuuu.” We painted the walls with the color of pink and we crossed our fingers that it wouldn’t shine through. Luckily for the most part it covered up most of the blue, but there are still spots where you can see the blue.
I’m okay with some of the spots having a blue tint, but what makes me nervous is what others will think if they see the blue tint. I don’t want people to see the imperfections. I don’t want people to see the spots because then they will know that I’m not the best painter. That I’m not the “handy man who I’m supposed to be.
The same goes with our lives. We try to cover up our sins because then people will know that we’re not perfect. We walk into church every Sunday with a smile on our face, our hand done perfectly and we even make sure we sit up straight in the pew. Why do we do all this? Because we want to convince everyone around us that we have it all together. It is like we pretend that we jump out of the bed in the morning with a smile on our face. I can’t tell you the last time I jumped out of bed, let alone with a smile on my face.
I’m not meaning to make it seem like you need to run around telling everyone your hurts, habits or hang-ups, but maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Maybe if we realized that the people who sit with us in the pews aren’t perfect. That a person or family that looks like they have everything together; may actually not. We need to stop trying to become this false image of people and families around us and instead put our focus on becoming more like Christ.