I few weeks ago a colleague of mine wrote something in an email that has stuck with me. 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. 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.