I’d never really heard that term until recently. I think I like it…messy spirituality. Not because it’s upbeat and positive, but because it’s real. Lots of us, most of us, are messy.
We want to be whole, complete, perfect today. We desire to have the answers to life and speak forth truth consistently. Yet…we live in a mess. This world is a mess. And the things that hold us back are the messes we’ve internalized. The tapes of our childhood, the abuse from a friend or loved one, the abandonment of a parent or spouse — we’ve let these things sink deep into our souls and it’s messy.
Some of us have chosen to numb our pain through addictions that give us a temporary high. Alcohol, drugs, shopping, work, gambling, food, sex…we want to be numb to the pain. We reach for anything that will take the hurt away for a time.
The “hole in the soul” cannot be filled with these things. Until we understand what we’re doing to ourselves, until we get honest, we will not see change.
Please know, I am speaking to the believer and the unbeliever. The only difference we have between us is a Savior. I do know my sin was taken away at the cross. I do know my life changed when I gave my heart to Jesus. I do know my source of help and comfort is found in Him.
Do I still struggle? Uh…yeah. I’m still living in this messy world with messy people all around. I’m a mess to some, and some are a mess to me. So what do we do?
Grace, love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, gentleness, patience…bear with one another.
It’s a good thing.