It’s About Showing Up

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Over the weekend, I rewrote my About Me page. It was long overdue for a makeover. One of the ideas I touched on in my updated page was the lesson I’ve learned  (and continue to learn) from deciding to write my way through life.

Perfection is not the goal. Showing up is the goal. This is truth I can now apply to every aspect of my life too.

After writing about this idea on Saturday, I woke up in the middle of the night (early Sunday morning) with the same idea on my heart: showing up. I thought again about how the Christmas season is such a beautiful example of Perfection (Jesus) leaving perfection (heaven) to show up for each of us. Perfect Love came to dwell with us and in us. It left the comfort of heaven to show us what love really is.

At church on Sunday we started a new series called “Transitions.” The pastor kicked off his message by sharing how, nowadays, when we think of this season we often think about all the traditions. But, the first Christmas was not about traditions, it was about transitions…it was about God showing up.

I smiled when he said that.

It was about showing up. Of course it was. 😉 

If you’ve hung around this blog for any length of time, you know I like to call these moments breadcrumbs. These “coincidences” are breadcrumbs from heaven, sprinkled along the path, and guiding us along. There are beautiful lessons and reminders tucked away in these kind of moments too. And, it happens way too many times along this path for me not to pause and think about what those lessons could be.

Here are a few ideas for this Christmas season:

Showing up often requires that we leave the comfortable. It often asks us to be inconvenienced. I want to be okay with this. Our choice to be present is more important than perfectly trimmed trees or turkeys.

When we choose to show up then we are eyewitnesses to beauty which is so often hidden away in plain sight. I think about how Jesus chose to show up in a not so perfect manger. A miracle was born right there in the middle of a mess. It it my belief that Jesus wants us to see the same thing. Not just at Christmastime, but everyday of our lives.

There is beauty in the ordinary.

There are miracles in our messes.

But, we must leave our “perfect” plans behind, walk down some new and unfamiliar paths, and be willing show up.

 

6 thoughts on “It’s About Showing Up

  1. TC Avey

    This Sunday my pastor spoke about God coming TO us. He had already sent angels and prophets, now He sent Himself. He showed up. He left His glory in heaven to come to our dirty and sinful world. It certainly wasn’t comfortable or convenient but He loved us more than He loved His comforts. He is Emmanuel- God, With Us.
    He showed up then and He’s showing up now.

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. Bill (cycelguy)

    First, liked your new “About Me” page. Very personal. Second, I do think it is all about being there for the moment. We can just show up or we can really show up. Jesus did the latter. I need to do so as well.

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  3. Heather Tuba

    I like the line “There are miracles in the messes”. Showing up means being willing to get messy with people. This often happens at Christmas doesn’t it? Appreciate your take on the season. Also like your ABout page.

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