BY LEANN DILBECK –
Don’t you just love when you’re cruising down the great freeway of life, top down, wind in your hair, sun on your face, smooth sailing… and then you hit that unforeseen pothole that rattles your teeth, knocks your car out of alignment, causes you to swerve left and right trying to find that straight path, maybe even bumping other cars on the road… you may even get a few dents and cause a few dents to other unsuspecting souls on the same unfortunate path as you. What good can possibly come from any of that?
We all want those perfect, dent-free, shiny cars to cruise perfectly smooth roads. Life is better with no dents or potholes, right? But little is learned under those circumstances. Sometimes, the Enemy is the most successful in keeping someone from knowing Jesus Christ by never allowing any adversity in their life to cause them to realize their own weakness in order to find His strength.
The sad thing is that dents sometimes cause us to develop insecurities and feel unworthy of what God may be calling us to be or do. We have preconceived notions that only the “perfect” one’s can serve… when in actuality, those dents build some of the most effective testimonies that allow us to reflect all of God’s goodness!
I just love the lyrics of a peppy tune by Francesca Battestelli that I love to belt out (lucky for you) in my car:
‘Cause I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
On my own I’m so clumsy
But on your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me.
I used to believe that confidence was prideful but I’ve since learned that it depends on the source of our confidence.
If our confidence is because we are full of pride and laced with arrogance, (believing we are good looking, smart, talented, etc.), it will gain us absolutely nothing. But if our confidence is knowing that we are a child of the one true King, knowing that He has forgiven us of our sins and made us new, and that our lives are about serving Him… not Him serving us… confidence, is a very beautiful thing! It can be contagious.
The world may see our dents but He only sees a testimony to be shared. “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
Sure, that pothole may have been muddy and rough and it may have even caused you to get off the straight path but rinse yourself off… He takes you just as you are! No perfection wanted!