Mess

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Book Reviews, Books, Five Minute Friday, Giveaways | 22 comments

I’ve never been a perfectionist. My house, my desk, my closets, my bookshelves–they can all attest to my lack of organization and propensity for clutter, even though it makes me twitch. I often think, I will do________ when I finally get this mess cleaned up.

Life is messy. It just is.

Faith is messy too. Following God’s leading rarely (mostly never) comes with a clear, perfectly outlined path. God invites us to participate in His work and we can choose–obedience (Yes!) or not. Whether or not we’re willing to join Him will not prevent His mission from going forward.

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

God calls us right in the middle of our messy lives, with our disorganized closets and box dinners, He calls us from behind the laundry piles and the mounting bills to step out in faith and say “yes”.

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There’s no perfect season for obedience. The right time is anytime–all of the time–it’s now. 

I just finished an inspiring story about one woman’s “yes” to God. It started with her heart breaking for a situation in Africa, and lead to her entire family’s big “yes” to God. Lives are being saved, women and infants rescued for Christ’s sake, all because of her small, trembling, yes.

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We can always justify away the call of God. With our litany of lacking qualifications, experience, and know-how. Perhaps we don’t have the money or the time, or even the desire for what God lays on our heart–there is that too. But the gospel call is a call to obedience. It’s a call to believe in faith that Jesus is bigger than our comfortable faith. The gospel is a call to action.

All we have to do is say “yes”, right in the middle of our mess. God cuts the path. We must simply  take each step as He clears the way.

This post is inspired by Kristen Welch’s book, Rhinestone Jesus, which tells the story of how she and her family said YES to God and started Mercy House, a ministry for expectant mothers in Kenya.

Giveaway

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 7.34.47 AM.jpg I’ve got 2 copies here on my desk to share with a couple of you. leave a comment below and I’ll draw two names next week. (U.S. residents only)

Sharing this post in community with Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute Friday gang.
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  • http://www.ahearteninglife.com/ Christy Willard

    I guess whether you’re a perfectionist or not, messy is still hard. I think it’s a trap to think we have to have it all together before we can be used. We will always be messy, but so thankful God finds use for us no matter. Would love a copy of that book! :)

    Christy @ A Heartening Life
    http://www.ahearteninglife.com

    • Melissa Norman

      Thank you for your beautiful honesty!

  • http://tuningmyhearttopraise.blogspot.com/ ro elliott

    Seeing this book this week… I would love to read it and I know I will be challenged. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book… have a great weekend!!!!

  • AshleyWhittemore

    Love the FMF topic this week. My family and I are missionaries in the Amazon Jungle of Brazil and we are in the process of starting the first children’s home in our town. Unexperienced, unequipped, no-idea-what-the-heck-we-are-doing and yet we’re saying yes–yes in the mess as you say. It’s in that way that God gets the glory.

    Thanks for sharing. Excited to read this book and encouraged by your post this morning.

  • http://www.cherylricker.com/ Cheryl Ricker

    Great post. Saying YES to God is such a moment-by-moment challenge, isn’t it? Rhinestone Jesus sounds awesome. I’m inspired already, just by hearing a couple sentences about Kristen’s willingness to say YES and give of herself for others.

  • http://fruitinseason.blogspot.com Christine- Fruit in Season

    Beautiful story of beautiful obedience.

  • http://www.hollybarrett.org/ Holly Solomon Barrett

    Yes He does cut the path right through the mess! Great post, Kris!

  • Amy

    “There’s no perfect season for obedience. The right time is anytime–all of the time–it’s now.” <— Now that right there just hurt a little. I have been moving something around on my calendar for months now waiting on the perfect time when really like you say there is not perfect season. Thanks for the swift kick…. I mean loving nudge to get on with what he has called me to do.

  • Melissa Waters

    I love the title of the book “Rhinestone Jesus”. sounds like an interesting read.

  • http://gretchenlouise.com/ Gretchen Louise

    Right there with you in the mess. Love this book and would love to have my own copy. :)

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Congrats, Gretchen! I will mail it off ASAP! Message me with your mailing address, would you please? ;)

      • http://gretchenlouise.com/ Gretchen Louise

        Oh wow! How exciting. :) I emailed you…

  • http://arrangedbygod.com Shannon Coe

    Would love a copy! I have been saying Yes and it is anything but beautiful. It IS messy. and I love it.

  • http://faithmustardseed.wordpress.com/ Jen Daugherty

    It still amazes me that God would want to use all the mess that is my life. That He can turn it into something beautiful. I pray for more obedience to accept His calling, and to let Him use me and my mess.

  • Melissa R

    Yes! Obedience is a hard thing to learn. Last weekend an idea came to mind, the idea to invite a friend–but one who isn’t very close–to lunch. I tried to ignore it, but the Lord kept bringing the idea back to my mind. So I said Yes to Him and invited her. We haven’t gone yet, so I can’t tell you how it worked out. But I know He has a plan, and I’m happy to be part of it.

  • Jo Rose

    I loved this! The thought that God cuts the path and that as we take each step God will clear the way really resonated with me. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  • Julie

    You know I gotta have this book!! Love you and your mess and what God does in the middle of it!

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  • http://mandymianecki.com/ Mandy

    Embracing the messiness of life is something God has really been trying to teach me. Thanks for these words, Kris.

  • Caroline Kraft

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this! I’ve heard so many good things.

  • http://www.kimberleeconwayireton.net/ Kimberlee Conway Ireton

    Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!

    • http://kriscamealy.com/ Kris Camealy

      Congrats, Kimberlee! I will mail it out ASAP!

  • http://beembraced.com Steph @ BeEmbraced

    I love that you tie the Ester quote to this thought: “God calls us right in the middle of our messy lives.” SO powerful and what a great reminder!