A Coffee and As You Are Friday
I remember a conversation from years ago with my father-in-law wherein he said he would come to God “… once I’ve got things together.” And I couldn’t chide him or that statement. It is one that has passed my own lips, crossed my own mind (and heart) more than a few times. Oh, what thoughts to have: I need to fix me. I can fix me! I need to get cleaned up, put on my best face and best version of me before coming to God or else.
And what that “or else” would entail, all I can say is I’m pretty sure it would involve disapproval and disappointment on God’s end. Yuck.
A quick perusal of the self-help titles on Amazon.com generously hints the “Be your own do-it-yourself project!” mentality is far from uncommon:
- The Positive Thinking Secret
- 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt, and Retire a Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark On the World
- Self Help: Distilled – The 7 Self-Help SUGGESTIONS That Actually Work!
- Self-Help 101: How to Change Your Life in the Next 15 Minutes
- How to Light Up a Room: 55 Techniques to Help You Increase Your Charisma, Build Rapport, and Make People Like You
Then I listen to Crowder’s song Come As You Are (from his excellent album Neon Steeple), and I hear things like: Come broken hearted and let rescue begin … All who are broken lift up your face … Come sit at the table/come taste the grace … wanderer come home/you’re not too far …
And if I’m in a place where I can let the music surround me, the words flow through me, I find myself on the verge of tears. Because I (and probably you) need to hear, often, God is genuinely and honestly ready, willing, and able to meet us right where we are – in all our imperfections, at the end of every shortcoming.
I wonder if the apostle Paul had a soul-deep understanding of that, and if that is how he was able to say:
“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” –Phillipians 4:13 (The Message, emphasis added)
(And as you do, I hope you have a happy Friday.)