Five Minute Friday: Mess

Five Minute Friday

Here’s a simple equation: My life – God = Mess.

My life is a mess. Everything about it. I look around and I don’t really find one neat and orderly thing. There is not one thing that is going along “ideally.” My house is a mess, the garden is a mess, my schedule is a mess, my relationships with friends are a mess, my relationship with my oldest son is still, technically, a mess, my marriage is a mess. Everything is just one, not even beautiful, mess.

And if I sit here and look at it that way, it becomes an overwhelming mess. A mess I am powerless to clean up. It becomes the source of my depression and my anxiety. There’s just so much to do that who can even know where to start? I become Peter, sinking in the waves.

When I take my eyes off Christ, my mess will be my undoing. But when I remember that it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me, then my mess becomes manageable, doable, conquerable, through Christ who gives me strength and peace.


2 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Mess

  1. I’m visiting from FMF today. Very beautifully stated! I can so relate to feeling overwhelmed by all the various kinds of mess in my life. I love the simplicity that’s profound as you say “Life – God = mess.” And yet – isn’t it also true that “Life + God = Mess”? Maybe a better mess than the mess I make without God … or at least a place to take my mess. !!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I guess it depends on your definition of mess. I have only been a Christian 2.5 years and it just seems to me that when my focus is Christ, the mess seems so small, hardly anything, just work that needs to be done. As opposed to how overwhelming it all was when it was just me. 🙂

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