How often do we welcome messy? Messy, by definition, is usually described as confused, complex, disorderly, dirty, convoluted, or even chaos. I’m sure if we walked into a place described as above we might be quick to leave. We often have difficulties comprehending an unorganized environment. How many churches try hard to seem like a well oiled machine? Most! But the reality is, we are messy and God loves messy!
Let’s change our perspective and look at ‘messy.’ Messy, to me, identifies involvement. It means that there is a bunch of people trying to accomplish something, maybe just not together. Often, efforts have good intentions. When a bunch of individuals have good intentions and come together all trying to advance their individual task, chaos happens. But this creates for an awesome opportunity to learn. Learn to share ideas, strategies, what unity looks like, how to share responsibilities, how to evaluate intentions, keep motives in check, and much more! God uses these situations to refine, build up, develop new skills, hone existing skills, streamline, grow and mature individuals. But usually, an environment like this seems overwhelming to many and it is quickly dismissed and abandoned. But these environments are perfect for teaching opportunities!
This reminds me of one of my favourite Proverbs. Proverbs 27:17 states:
“Just as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
One man can’t sharpen another man without him. Just as, you can’t teach without students. You also can’t learn how to work together, streamline, organize, and so on if you never experience messy! Messy is good. Messy is okay. God loves messy!
We, at ‘The Bridge’ embrace messy. We have identified ourselves as a bunch of imperfect individuals striving to please a perfect Lord and Saviour- Jesus. Messiness is going to happen. It’s inevitable. We don’t hide it. We don’t try to give the impression that we are perfect and have everything figured out. We are real. We share problems, hopes, dreams, experiences, with love and honesty. We encourage. We love. That is what Jesus has instructed us to do.
If you are imperfect and want to be with a bunch of imperfect people who are trying to figure life with Christ out, please feel free to contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or message us through Facebook.
Messy is good. God loves messy!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.