I have a confession to make. I don’t feel like a grown up. I never have. I don’t feel like I have my life together or like I’m accomplishing what I thought I would at this stage. Even when it comes to everyday life, it’s difficult to let go of our ideas of what Lea would call “Pinterest-perfect”… For me, that means an awesome backyard where my unfinished woodworking projects aren’t living on the back porch. For Lea, it means finally hanging up artwork and buying throw pillows. For you it may mean something else. I think everyone has that feeling of being not-quite-ready. When we were younger, we thought things would be ready at the next milestone… when we married, when we graduated college, when we finally moved “away,” when we bought our own home, when we had a child, when that child started school. The milestones never end, do they?! But we can never let those feelings of inadequacy stop us from doing what we can do. Maybe for you it is hospitality, maybe it’s feeling like you are finally a “grown-up,” maybe it’s deepening your spiritual life or even becoming a Christian and dedicating your life to Christ for the very first time. Regardless of where you are in life or how imperfect life might seem to you, it’s ok to open up. It is ok to be authentic. It is ok to share your life and yourself just like you are right now! No one has “arrived” in life. No one has it all worked out. Listen to how Paul put it: “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.” (Philippians 3:13-15)
Reading has always been important to our family. As Windsor has grown up, bedtime stories have been a sacred tradition in the Mayo house. Windsor has favorites that stay in fashion for awhile and then she has favorites that are always a guaranteed smile and snuggle.
One of the favorites is a book called Great Day For Up by Dr. Seuss. It’s a fun book to read as the narrator spends 26 pages waking up the entire world! But at the end of the book, he says that he himself is not getting up—he is sleeping in today. It’s great for a giggle with a sleepy little girl.
As she was drifting off to sleep beside me, I was thinking about how too many times we live our spiritual life like this. We may make a great show of our church attendance, show off our fish decal on the bumper, or loudly proclaim every “good deed” we do. On the other hand, we may make just as loud a show when another falls into sin or point out the flaws in “other people/groups.” We may find ourselves being very visible and very loud for the good or the bad… but at the end of twenty-six pages, are you Up and working today or have you decided that today is a day for you to sleep in?
This seems to be what Paul had in mind in Ephesians 5:14, where he may have been quoting a first century church song: “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Romans 13:12—The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.