What if you don’t have a Pinterest-perfect life?

As my body woke up from a night of slumber, so did the constant fear that rolled over and over in my stomach.  I had recently completed a three minute speaker promo video and I had shared it with my family and friends, including a lot of pastors and ministry leaders. I even shared it on Facebook.  I was unsure how people would receive it.  I felt vulnerable. Exposed.

I was terrified of being rejected.

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Is God looking for effort or perfection?

When you were young, do you remember how your parents would encourage you to “Do your best” when you had a big test or performance or ball game?  You may have also heard the quote “Do your best, and let God take care of the rest.”  What if your best isn’t looking so hot?  What do you do then?  Is God looking for our best, or is He looking for us?  What about effort…does it count for anything?

Effort
Romans 12:1 urges us to “…present our bodies a living a holy sacrifice, acceptable and well-pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

What do we do when what we have to present to God is not a beautifully-wrapped gift tied in a crisp gold bow?  What if we are broken and bleeding on the inside and what we have to present to God is wrapped in tattered cloths, stained with our tears?  What if that is our best?  Is it enough?

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