As we move towards the end of Lent, it’s good to be reminded of our imperfect reality. I find it freeing that I will fail from time-to-time as I try to succeed in my Lenten fast. (Kathleen is very good at reminding me.) I also know that when I fail at living up to the goals I’ve set for myself, I begin to discover what I can actually do, and thus who I can really be. For example, I will never be Christ. But I could be like him. I can live as he lived which can define me not merely as a person, but as a particular person...a beloved child of God.
I hope that you are struggling with your fast, too. And if you are, like I am, then I also hope you are seeking your feast. For God needs you, in your imperfection, to carry on the mission that Christ began. We must never lose sight of the fact that “Christ has no body now but yours; no hands, no feet, but yours.”
We must imitate the one who was “without sin” by living as he lived...loving as he loved…teaching as he taught…being as he was. It’s not so much about perfecting Christlikeness but by simply trying to be the best at that you can be in the moment where it matters the most.
Instead of trying to perfect something you are not good at, just try to see through Christ’s eyes, love through his heart, speak through his mouth, and walk with his feet. To live in such a way – despite the mistakes or the stumbles that trip you up – you will redefine the reality of who you really are: a perfectly imperfect child of God.
Prayer: Holy One, at times I do not feel worthy to be your beloved child. I see myself as too weak or too broken. But I am thankful that you do not see me this way. When you look at me you see the same human flesh from which you created your Son, and love me just as you loved him. Help me today to be more like Jesus and less like myself as I struggle to redefine myself through your heart and eyes. Amen.