I am a very organized person. I know you're thinking, "Is she serious? Does she not see how messy her jewelry drawer is?" If you come into my house on any given day I will let you look inside my kitchen cabinets or under my bathroom sinks and you will find complete order and organization. I have all loose items in decorative storage baskets and love the way it makes me feel like my life is put together. I have a certain way I fold towels and a certain way I put my daughters clothes in her dresser and I love the order it brings. I am a bit of a control freak and if I feel like I have it all together then I am happy with myself and feel like I am in control.
When I opened my jewelry cabinet and pulled open the top drawer, all I saw was this mess. How could I let this get so bad? I am so particular about everything else in my house being in order, but yet I have neglected to keep this area organized. I closed the drawer after tossing my earrings in and then it hit me.
I neglected to keep this area under control because no one could SEE it except me.
God used this messy jewelry box to remind me that I am always going to be his work in progress. As hard as I try to be perfect and to do everything perfectly, there will ALWAYS be an area that still needs work. I will ALWAYS need Christ working in my heart and showing me these secret 'messy spots' that I keep hidden that no one else can see. I haven't reached perfection and I don't have it all together in my life and that is O K A Y! I don't have to have it all together and neither do YOU! My job is to trust God and live my life in a way that is pleasing to Him.
I think we tend to look at the lives of others and think that they have the perfect life free from troubles or that they have "arrived in life" and reached perfection, but the truth is... we all have 'messy spots'. No one is perfect and we have to stay at the foot of the cross to remain humble and realize we are a work in progress, always. We can try and control our lives but there will always be areas we either forget about that need work or areas we try to hide like my messy jewelry box.
I truly believe that if we took to heart the fact that we are ALL a work in progress that we would love others more and forgive freely.
Matthew 7:2-3 KJV "For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"