On Being Human

I few weeks ago a colleague of mine wrote something in an email that has stuck with me. Β She said, “Being human is not perfection. Being human is being.” I loved that, and it’s truth and simplicity has been on my heart ever since. Here’s why I think it’s so powerful:

It reminds me that I am not alone.

Her words were an important reminder me that everyone else feels it too—the pressure to keep pushing, keep striving, keep rushing. There’s this constant need to do more, be better, move faster, and we all feel that. We all struggle under the weight of that.

But that’s not what we were created to do.

Being human offers us the freedom to just be, to just rest in the promise that we already are exactly who we were created to be—children of God made in the image of God. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re totally off the hook. We’re still called to use our gifts and talents to do God’s work in the world and to do the best we can with what we’ve been given. But perfection is not the goal. Not even close.

I’m in Chicago this week for a conference on transformative churches. Β A large part of the conference is dedicated to retreat—to rest, renewal, and solitude. In other words, just being.

As I go into this week, I’m thinking about this notion of being human. I’m choosing to allow myself to just be and to rest in the truth that I am already a beloved child of God. Because that is who I was created to be.

 

 

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Currently: September

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Reading: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I’ve been reading a lot of girly beach reads this summer, so a thriller/suspense novel is a nice change. It’s by the same author as Girl on the Train, and so far I’m really enjoying it!

Listening: Elysium/Love and War. My husband’s band released a new album recently, and (in my totally unbiased opinion) it’s wonderful. Give it a listen—The World is Alright is my favorite!

Planning: Lots of travel. I’m heading to Chicago and Nashville in the next couple weeks for work and taking my kiddos to camp. We also have a fun trip in the works for late November. Stay tuned!

Anticipating: Fall! I know it still feels like summer outside, but I’m getting excited for fall. As much as I love summer, I always look forward to fall. I love the cooler temps that allow for longer walks with Finley and dinners outside. I love football and changing colors and decorating with pumpkins. Plus, I’m just ready for a change in seasons. Bring it on, fall!

Praying: For Texas. The images coming out of Houston are heartbreaking, but the responses of so many volunteers who have gone there to help with clean up and rescue are pretty remarkable. There are some ideas of ways you can help or donate here.