Wednesday, January 3
Narrative Lectionary Daily Devotions written by Kace Leetch from Clergy Stuff.
Have you ever known one of those people who's never wrong? Who's never to blame? Maybe you are one of those people. It's annoying and frustrating, and the worst part is it isn't necessary. Nobody is perfect, and the people who pretend to be are likely pretty miserable inside.
There's something incredibly liberating about becoming willing to admit our faults and failures. When we try to hide our faults or pretend to be perfect, we will always experience inner turmoil. Because we know we're not perfect, and the game to try to hide it is exhausting and futile. When we take the risk to be open about our failings, not only do we stop carrying the burden of hiding it, but we also give others permission to be imperfect.
My guru, Brene Brown, wrote a book called "The Gifts of Imperfection." It's most definitely worth a read. In it, she suggests that the people who are the happiest are the ones who live and love wholeheartedly. They embrace their successes and their failures. They surround themselves with people who love them and encourage them. They are authentic and honest. And they are happy. Our psalmist knew this to be true. Sin, once acknowledged and repented, can be forgiven and washed clean.
Narrative Lectionary Text: Psalm 32:5
Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah