Friday, April 1, 2016


You might be a Christian if you ... admit you messed up.

Come on - you're not fooling anyone. You messed up, I messed up. We all have. The Bible tells us we all have missed the mark (sinned).

No matter how hard we try, we just. Can't. Be. Perfect.

Oh, we might get close. We might have the perfect look, and seem super busy and organized, dwell in a beautifully decorated and operated home, drive the perfect car that combines a sporty look but yet delivers great gas mileage and makes other drivers drool with envy. We might have an impressive important job where we have power and authority. We might have the perfect looking family with a trophy-spouse and obedient beautiful children. But deep down, we know ... we have messed up.

It's just a matter time before the word gets out.

Christians know you don't have to be perfect - just forgiven. The first step to peace and forgiveness is simply admitting you've done wrong.

The Father is waiting with open arms!


I'm so glad you are here! Follow me each day as I attempt to define what a Christian is ... and isn't. 

I'm always interested in your thoughts. Let me know if there is a word Christians use that you don't understand. I'd be interested to write about it.

This post was written for Day One of my A-Z Blogging Challenge series, "You Might Be a Christian ... from A-Z."  Go here each day to see all of my posts each day as they go live.

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Stacey Schneller said...

Great post. I know that I have messed up and am not perfect. I am glad that are farther loves us even if we still mess up and forgives us. Have a wonderful day and weekend. Enjoyed your post

Monica said...

I wish we could get this message out to everyone. I work with people that look at me like I am crazy when I mess up. You know, not the perfect Christian comment or thought... We all fall short. We, none of us, will be perfect this side of heaven. I wish others would stop judging us as if we were supposed to be.

Thank you Jerralea for a wonderful post. Looking forward to following you through this A-Z!

betty said...

Very good letter to begin the challenge with! To come to know Jesus, we definitely have to admit that we are a sinner :) And then admitting down the road is always a good thing!


Leah Adams said...

I feel like this is such a toughie for some many Christians. The world sets unrealistic standards, then we add to them, and BAM! We must look and act perfectly! It is just a lie from Satan. I really think that it is a huge testimony to the love and forgiveness of Christ when we are humble enough to admit we were wrong before others. Wonderful, needed post, Jerralea.

Michele Morin said...

And so it begins . . .
What a perfect choice for the beginning of your blogging journey through the alphabet, because it's where we all have to begin our journey with Jesus!

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Admitting our sins and mistakes is central to receiving His forgiveness and grace. Perfect place to begin your posts! Again, I am super excited you chose this theme!
Revisit the Tender Years with me during the #AtoZChallenge at Life & Faith in Caneyhead!

Gail Park said...

I love the image of our Heavenly Father waiting with open arms to receive us home. It brings a lot of comfort! I'm interested to see what you come up with for the rest of the alphabet! Enjoy. Gail at Making Life An Art

Susanne said...

Such a freeing thing finally admitting I mess up and then receiving God's forgiveness and grace to move on!

JEN Garrett said...

Oh, I think I visited your blog on the Theme Reveal List, but I couldn't find you when the challenge actually started. So glad I found you again, I'll be reading all the "You might be a Christian" posts. :)
Hailing from JEN Garrett's Lexical Creations