We are one. We exist to be together, to be there for each other in ways that we are able to comprehend but also in ways that only the Lord in His great wisdom understands. We were created by Him to love and live with a freedom and acceptance for who we are and to experience fulfillment in our purpose for being here.
Sadly, there are people who don’t understand they have something unique to offer this world. They feel alone and misunderstood. I know because there was a time in my life when I felt that way. I thought if I could do things myself that I wouldn’t have to rely on anybody else for help. I was wrong though. It wasn’t until I met the Lord that I started to realize just how wrong I was, and it was during the times of my greatest failures that I learned to look up and pray to the Lord for help, realizing I wasn’t strong enough to make everything in my life work out the way I wanted it to. It still amazes me when God reaches out to me helping me in ways only He can. He makes me feel valued and like I matter.
A common theme many authors and speakers discuss is how many people don’t feel loved. Instead, they feel as though nobody really cares about them, and sometimes they sink into a depression or even commit suicide because of this. It’s sad how many people seek to be perfect in front of others because they are afraid that if they don’t portray themselves as someone who has it all together that somehow it lessens who they are as a person. We want to protect ourselves against being mocked or receiving indignation for not fitting in when, in fact, we’re all human.
Our weaknesses open us up to criticism from those who pretend they’re above everyone else even though they aren’t. Actually, it’s because of our weaknesses, not in spite of them, that we get down to the meat of our purpose for being here. All facades are torn away, and we’re left with the bare bones of who we are, raw and exposed with nowhere to hide. It’s uncomfortable to feel emotionally exposed, but when we fight it, we only make it harder on ourselves. The truth is that only those who are afraid that their own faults will be exposed are happy when their fellow man falls. I believe people need to see it’s okay to have flaws because then the barriers of perfection break down giving us the freedom to be who we are underneath.
Ever noticed how in movies and books we root for the underdog? Why? It’s because we like it when someone is able to conquer their problems head on, and though they sit out of life for a moment, it doesn’t hold them down forever. The fight between who we think we are and who we actually are comes down to the deep down knowledge that we are so much more than our surface person’s agenda.
Many of us conform to societies’ definition of perfection when, in fact, we are completely different people than we allow people to see. We are not meant to conform. God didn’t make cookie cutter people, and He sure as heck doesn’t mean for us to place ourselves on the cookie sheet of life, being baked in an oven that is way too hot for us to stand anyway.
We are one. Once we understand that we were created to be together, to join with other people in one body, then the pressure to be perfect is taken off our shoulders. In joining together as a unit we have no need to expect more from ourselves or others because we understand we aren’t put here to live life alone. In reality, our seeds of greatness come out when we plant them in the soil of unity.
We are lacking in nothing we need. We are put on this earth fully able to achieve our purpose, and nothing can stand in the way of that except our self. We don’t need to envy those with gifts we wish we had. God loves us just the way we are, and it’s love that gives us the freedom to choose who we’re going to become. He has enough patience to let us make mistakes, to let us figure out what works and what doesn’t. The choice is truly ours. However, when we don’t see love nodding His head at us to just try our best, we are unable to grasp the fact that it isn’t our purpose to be perfect. That’s already been taken care of for us. That’s the reason Jesus Christ was born. It was His purpose to reach His highest potential, one that saved every human being that ever existed and will exist.