Having 3 boys means there is always a mess. Always.
Now that the baby is mobile, he requires even more oversight. This week alone he decided to empty all of the Tupperware from the cupboard, use the dog water dish as his personal splash pad and smear his vomit all over the carpet. (I actually thought the first two were pretty funny. The last one, not so much).
Our first reaction as parents is to run to the mess. We want to help. We want to prevent hurt. We want to some how discourage further messiness.
I feel like we do this so easily with physical messes, but when it comes to the messiness of other’s lives we often choose to stay far away because it is easier!
Truly sharing life in biblical community means getting down in to the mess of other’s lives. Yes, that means walking with someone who is struggling with a broken marriage, finances that are disaster, or trapped in addiction.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
As Christ-followers we are asked to share in carrying one another’s burdens and that is often messy! I encourage you to run to the mess. Don’t be afraid of the mess in the lives of others.
Just like a physical mess you clean up, by carrying each other’s burdens we help prevent and heal hurt and even discourage future messes! Run to the mess.