1 Timothy 4:12

Set an example for the believers in speech,

in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

I’m a mess. There’s no doubt about that. I sometimes put my shirt on inside out or backwards. On a really bad day it might be both. I’ve been known to walk around with tags on my new clothes until someone takes pity on me. Most days, my husband gives me a once over to make sure I’m suitable to be out in public.

I tell you this for one reason. I want you to understand, I am not the person people come to in search of fashion advice. Anyway…the other day my husband and I went to a professional photographer.

When his turn came up for individual pictures, I kept fussing with his clothes, rearranging collars, zippers, and other things. We laughed as I explained to the photographer how out of character it was for me being the one adjusting his clothes. I told my husband, it was just that I could see things from a distance that he couldn’t see.

That’s how it is with God. He sees us from a distance and he sees what needs to be adjusted so that we can be a good example for other believers. Perhaps, we’re too judgmental, too impatient, or need more compassion. A tug here, a tug there, a straightening of the collar. His adjustments are for our own good, but it’s not necessarily easy, comfortable, or even welcome.

Whether we like it or not, we’re all rolemodels. Someone somewhere is watching us, waiting to see if we are going to live our fatih our just talk about it. Are we willing to allow God to make those adjustments so we can be an example to others even if they’re painful? Or are we going to fight him every step of the way?

The choice belongs to each of us. Maybe, you think, you don’t need to change or improve anything. Maybe, maybe not….I’ll let you decide for yourself, but as for me, I know I need His adjustments, I’m a mess.



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