Embrace What Is

When I was a teenager I got quite a few tattoos. Those close to me know I’ve expressed deep regret for that. It’s not just because I have them, but the fact that I abandoned who I was in order to achieve some social status I thought I would gain from. Maybe it was a way to express my imperfections and embrace an “I don’t give a blank” attitude. I thought it would bring some kind of wholeness. But I killed the opportunity for the maturity in me to embrace that in a healthier way. That maturity wasn’t there yet but it was to come. I ended up just discovering what was in me all along.

Have you ever chased something before you thought would make you whole, but in the end you found you wanted even more? Lacked even more? Maybe you found that what you had in the first place was enough after all. This happened since the very beginning.

Genesis 1:28 says people were made to govern the land and take care of creation. A little later on in Genesis 3:23, it says God told Adam to go cultivate the ground from which he came.The beautiful thing about this seemingly identical order from God is what happened in between them. The first order was before the sin of eating from the forbidden tree. The second order was after the sin of eating from the forbidden tree. So Adam and Eve went after what they thought they had to have but in the end were still given the same direction and purpose. We read that they learned to embrace what they had, which for them was each other.

How would you feel to stop chasing this non-existent perfection and spend that energy finding and embracing what is in you?

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