A little Friday inspiration for all of us beautiful hot messes.

Don’t be Fatherless.  Be in A Light To Call Home.  And in that Home you will grow as tall as an oak tree and not stay as small as a rose. You will no longer feel like I’m Not Her and The Inner Demons will be calm.

You see, every rose has its thorn and as beautiful as a rose appears, it will not continue to grow without roots that go deep.  But an oak tree stands tall and its roots are strong.

We can all search for roses or climb with the oak tree higher into A Light To Call Home.

Do you ever feel second-rate, unworthy, mediocre at best?  Jesus’s entire life on earth was about being drawn to those who wore labels of not good enough.  Deeply loving and compassionate for those considered by many as outcasts, unloveable and disposable by society.  A huge part of His mission was to seek them out and remove those labels once and for all.  Take the story of Zacchaeus, the despised tax collector and the traitor the crowd rejects.  Zacchaeus who climbs the tree to see Jesus, with an open heart becomes His servant.  The crowds were servants too but servants of the rose and not the tree.

Who doesn’t want to be considered among the roses?  What we don’t understand is that roses can’t become trees without roots that run deep.  Are we chasing after roses when what we are seeing are trees?  Are we trying to keep trees from growing?  Roses are simply beautiful hot messes that eventually become nothing.  And yet we say, I’m Not Like Her, I want to be a rose, I’m with the roses.  Here is truth peeps.

It takes NOTHING to join the crowd but everything to stand alone (Hans F. Hansen).

Beautiful hot mess roses do not get to grumble about how tall a tree grows.

Luke 19:24-26 (NIV) ~ Then turning to the others standing nearby, the king ordered, “Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one who earned the most.”  But master, they said, “that servant has enough already!”  Yes, the king replied, “but to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given.  But from those who have nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

Time and time again, the outcast, the fallen, the hurting and the sick were loved by Jesus. But it is because they made the choice to climb the tree with Him and become a servant of love.  The rich, the all knowing, the crowds received the same compassion but chose to hold on to it for themselves.  How rich nothing can seem.

I don’t know about you but I think I would rather climb the tree and keep the small beautiful hot mess mouth shut.  Yes!  Jesus you are the bomb today!  And the music I stumbled across is 100 percent perfect.

Loved By Grace,