I saw a quote from Augusten Burroughs on Facebook today that read, “I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
Around the time I first met my husband, I had a cold sore on my lip. I started getting them one summer from too much sun a few years prior to meeting him. It is hard to flirt with someone when you have a very noticeable defect oozing out of your bottom lip. Trying not to make a big deal of how awkward I felt as we made small talk, I simply pointed to my lip and said, “I’m human” and cut the conversation shorter than I would have liked.
Have you ever been around people that seem to have a too perfect of life? I am not one to verbally judge, but I do have some questions in my mind when I come across this type of person. I most wonder how much energy they expend to keep up a spotless facade? When they get home behind closed doors, do they deflate like a used balloon? Does a woman take a bobby pin out of her sleek hairdo and it poofs out all messy like in a cartoon? I just wonder.
I am attracted to people that are flawed and can admit it. Don’t puff up like a beautiful peacock only to have that be a costume? Be yourself. Be real. We will have more in common with others if we can drop our facades. God intended the human race to live the good life. He made Adam and Eve flawless in the garden until that one day they ate from the forbidden tree. That was the moment humans became flawed, but God did not give up on us.
As we close out day two of Lent, let us remember that we are all flawed and it is okay. Jesus, our Savior, was human and he understands us more than we understand ourselves. Remember, he looks at our hearts and knows our intentions and he still loves us.
Show me your flaws and I will surely show you mine.
2 Corinthians 12:9 New International Version
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.