WOW! I learned so much as we worked on Mastering Our Messes during the Lenten Series! If you need to go back and review them, here are the ones my very special guests and I talked about for the last 6 Fridays.
I do hope you found yourself feeling less burdened Easter morning and the days after and I pray that same Spirit will sustain you in the weeks to come.
As I cleaned up a few of my physical messes I discovered some principles mirrored in the mastering of my heart messes. Here are the top ten similarities I discovered between the two.
Top 10 Truths About Mastering Our Messes
10. An organized mess is still a mess.
9. Memories are some of the hardest messes to master.
8. Just because a mess is hidden doesn't make it mastered.
7. Relocated isn’t mastered.
6. Mastering one mess may uncover another.
5. Old messes often obscure new masterpieces.
4. There is a treasure in every mastered mess, even if it's only blank space.
3. Only Satan profits from our messes.
2. Mining the messages in our messes leads to maturity.
1. Many messes require daily mastering (one look at my tupperware cabinet proves this).
But here is the truth we all need to embrace. Because of Jesus, there is no mess God won't master in His eternal kingdom.
The Key To Mastering Our Messes
I did a little bit of analysis on the 46 messes we covered in the private Facebook group during Lent (A big shout out to those ladies who hung in there with me!) and 14 of God's best blessings from the Bible. I drew lines from each mess to the blessings it kept us from enjoying.
For example, the mess of being obsessed with other people's opinions keeps us from fully enjoying God's blessings of peace, contentment, forgiveness, community, confidence, rest, joy, identity, and wisdom. As I was drawing the lines, I began to notice patterns. In the end, I discovered the three things God promises believers in the Bible most effected by our earthly messes are peace, community, and identity.
When I began this series, we set out to discover God's best as we mastered our messes. But now I wonder if perhaps we might be better served taking the opposite tactic.
Embrace God’s Promises
What if we stopped viewing God's promises as rewards for mastering our messes and started using them as the method to master our messes? What if God's promises are actually the antidote for our mess-making? What if instead of spending so much time and effort trying to master our messes, we simply embraced God's best for us with hearts of gratitude?
Truly understanding what Jesus meant when He said He was leaving us with His peace, we would struggle less with messes like 'enough-ness,' unhealed past hurts, fear and worry, superwoman syndrome, excessive grief, and striving for perfection.
Living out God's plan for community properly, we might see fewer messes made by issues like comparison, rivalry, hidden sins, depression and mental illness, and a lack of accountability.
Fully comprehending our identity in Christ, we would wrestle less with things like rejection, obsession with other's opinions, regrets, idolatry, jealousy, insecurity, and shame.
Embracing God's promises protects us from life's messes.Click To Tweet
To help you with this, I created a printable gift to help you claim the truth of God's best for all of us as His Word promises. Post it prominently. Read them daily. Work at memorizing them. Embrace these promises and protect yourself from life's messes. Embracing these promises helps you become the Masterpiece God created you to be!Click To Tweet
Linking Up With
For more encouragement please join the discussions on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne Eller, Faith On Fire, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Grace and Truth, Faith and Fellowship Friday, Soul Survival, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His Story, Sitting Among Friends, Testimony Tuesday, Planting Roots, and Fresh Market Friday, Salt and Light, and Becoming Press's Writer Wednesday, Moments of Hope