Rough Around the Edges

I love this type of person.  They’re feisty, bold, protective, sometimes brutally honest – they make mistakes.  But beneath the surface there’s a beacon of light and a pure, soft heart.  They know what they stand for, and yes, they trip up a lot but they almost always get back up on their feet.  Always trying, always looking ahead.

I am lucky to have a best friend like this.  Lovely girl; been through hell and you’d never guess it.  She’s always smiling, always loving, making everyone her best friend, especially the broken ones.  She is fiercely defensive of her loved ones but forgiving to her enemies.  She knows how to give someone the benefit of the doubt.  She’s got a sailor’s mouth and likes to play tough, but she’s an incredible softy.  She’s not perfect and some would even call her crazy, but she has a warm heart.

These kind of people are often the ones many self-righteous Christians look down on, so you know they’re doing something right.  It’s because they make many visible mistakes – they’re too honest, too defiant, but these are the precious people that God loves because they are the people who fall seven times and get up every single time.  They have an objective in mind, and although they are the type of adventurer that takes the direct path to the mountain, through countless bramble batches and thorn bushes, they will most definitely arrive at their destination.

I feel God has a special place in His heart for these rough people because He chose them – fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes, even murderers – as His followers on earth.  They were flawed and made many mistakes, but once they committed themselves to Christ they knew what their destination was and were eager to please Him.  After all, “he who has been forgiven much, loves much.”  God prefers someone who makes many mistakes but has a soul that is passionate for goodness than someone who thinks they make little mistakes and has no passion.

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6 thoughts on “Rough Around the Edges

  1. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

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  2. Beautiful Ada!
    Sometimes I think we’ve created a very feminized and gentle perception of Christ, which is certainly one aspect of Him, but there is also the other side, where He actually chose a rather rough crowd of ordinary folks as His disciples and chased a few money lenders around the temple with a whip. Infinitely patient and gentle yes, but also the most powerful man to ever walk the Earth. That’s a hard concept for us to wrap our brains around sometimes, because we live in the material and physical world, so our perception of the true meaning of genuine power sometimes gets a bit distorted.

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    • God is the embodiment of a number of paradoxes in His perfectly good nature – ultimate power and ultimate humility and gentleness being one of them. It makes sense that He would love those fiery brands, passionate and loving, flawed but pure-hearted, for they are closer to His nature than many. That chapter with Jesus encountering the money lenders in His temple always makes me chuckle – sometimes I need help in figuring out when to flip tables and when to turn the other cheek. 😉

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