I loved the movie “Mom’s Night Out” that came out a couple of years ago. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. It was about a mom blogger who wanted the perfect put-together life that she thought everyone else had. She was having trouble understanding just how beautiful her own life was because it felt so messy when compared to what she saw through her computer screen. The idea of being a “beautiful mess” was woven throughout the movie. Shortly before that MOPS International had “Beautiful Mess” for their theme for the year.
Beautiful Mess. Broken and Beautiful. These terms are so popular in our Christian circles today. Even in some secular ones people are embracing the idea of sharing the behind-the-screens footage of life.
We live in a society that is tired of masks. We see through the cheesy ads and we’re looking for more. We’re starting to get it, too, as companies like Extra gum are starting to share stories rather than the fake, empty promises that marketing companies have bombarded us with for years. Authenticity and transparency are words that are bandied about in Christian circles to the point of becoming almost overdone. Only they’re not. Because it’s what we long for.
In an effort to be transparent and authentic, I find that it becomes easy to focus on all the ways that we are a “beautiful mess” or we begin to embrace our brokenness because it becomes a connection point. Opening up and sharing the stories of our brokenness is such a powerful way to break down walls. And I will always be looking for ways to break down the walls.
But I don’t want to be known for my brokenness. I want to be known for all the ways Jesus can take my brokenness and make me whole and beautiful. And no. That won’t look like my former life. Nor would I want it to. That’s what I shared about on Middle Places last week…