I bought lamb to have for Holy Thursday, to commemorate the Last Supper when Christ shared Passover with his disciples. And I’ve been questioning how to live a beautiful life in a broken world.
My struggles are so small and petty I know, nothing very dramatic or terrible; jam & bread crumbs here, sibling fights there, kids disrespect & ungratefulness, wanting those same kids to thrive in learning, dirt trails throughout the house, more laundry, more messes, paint peeling off walls, lack of quiet, money to save for a bajillion different things, bla bla bla. Mediocre pettiness to be sure. It still wears me out and drives me nuts on an hourly basis.
I’m thankful for this life. I don’t want to waste it or not see it for the gift it is.
Just how exactly do you live a beautiful life when you know these things breaking and dirty around you also mirror your own brokenness? You know when kids are grown and a cleaner house is yours there will be other things breaking still, because isn’t that life?
I think my idea of a “beautiful life’” has been wrong or at least lacking in its definition, in the totality of what that type of life looks like.
Ultimately, it’s not the state of our house or family, our goodness, our accomplishments, is it?
I believe a beautiful life is one that’s been redeemed. One who cherishes the price paid and lives and acts in such a way which honors and glorifies that redemption. Not out of guilt or condemnation, but from the knowledge and recognition of their freedom.
Christs’ life and purpose was to love and redeem us so we wouldn’t have to live and die in bondage to our own fallen state. Whom better to look to than Christ and how He lived.
His agape love was extraordinary, it was all about binding up our brokenness and setting us free.
We can live extraordinarily beautiful lives regardless of our physical limitations, circumstances, the nature of our problems or issues.
We’ve been set free and any crappiness we face here and now is just a reminder of why we needed to be freed in the first place.
Brokenness. Redemption. Holy. That’s a beautiful life.