Gut honest moment. When I read the scripture from the Book in the Bible named Galatians, I was like…

“What is that hot mess of a list?!”

Take a look. Galatians 5:19-21.

19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

I have been, and am, that list sometimes. My life without God–for sure. And my life with God.

Wait, hold up. “Heather, with God, your life is supposed to be better.”

Yes, it is.

God wants us to be whole, healthy human beings.

To love each other well. To love ourselves well.

But my hot mess stuff (aka sin) often gets in the way.

I”m addicted to things.

I like to have my own way. I reduce myself to a producer, rather than a human being.

I belittle others I don’t understand.

So I am this list sometimes.

That is not what God wants for me. But here’s the thing. I can choose to do all those things, or none of those things. Or some of those things.

That whole “love” part is key.

See the “rule enforcers” often often pounce… “We will make you obey.”

“Mmmmmkay.” Says everyone who has ever been “told what to do”.

Rules don’t work.

Relationships do.

Loving God is behaving like God. Mercy. Compassion. Care.

Loving other humans is part of my becoming whole.

When I live my life pursuing God, my choices begin to “look” different.

Faith is living out my daily life–all the crazy, busy, hectic, frustrating, agonizing, wonderful moments of it–with God.

God never promised a pain-free life; God promised to never leave me, you, us.

I don’t want a “hot mess list” life.

What about you?

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