A few months ago I attended a Minister's Wives conference. The first thing out of the speaker's mouth was that I needed to go home and tell everyone in my church that I was not perfect. I sat there with my mouth hanging open wondering what would make them think I was. Was it the way that I can't cook worth a flip. (I always bring the ice to the party). Maybe it is the fact that my children seem like saints. (We are empty nesters so out of sight out of mind) I know it is the way I can't seem to keep my mascara from running since these hot flashes have started. I'm sure it was the way I left the couch loaded down with laundry so I could go to this conference. As I walked back to meet with the other ladies from my church I thought I would let them know I wasn't perfect just in case they had been misled. We sat in a big circle as each lady told what they had learned at their conferences. When It came to me I just went for it and blurted out, "I'm not perfect." They all started laughing and said that they already knew that. I guess the fact that I never meet a stranger and I tell everything I know knocked me off of the Perfect List.
I know what the speaker was saying. She wanted us to let people know that we are real. Sometimes people see you in leadership and think you have it made. Well people, let me tell you we struggle with life just like everyone else. You name it and we have been there: Marriage is very hard when your husband is always gone saving someone else. Raising kids in the fishbowl while everyone is watching and giving you advice or gossiping about them is hard. Trying to stretch a dollar because most churches can't pay much is hard. Being looked down on because you have to take a job to make ends meet is hard. Being judged by what you wear, how you sit and what you say is hard. You get the idea. Life is hard for everyone no one is exempt from struggles.
Paul tells us to "become all things to all people so that we might win some." I agree with this statement. I believe that and I try to be as real as I can be so that others might see Christ in me. I hope all of us are being real so that God can use us. This does not mean that we have to display all our dirty laundry out there for everyone to see. I believe that God will open doors for us to use our experiences to help others as he sees fit. So people here it is "I AM NOT PERFECT AND NEITHER ARE YOU."
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22