Updated: Aug 11, 2022
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To understand the concept behind a perfect smile, you must unpack the question: What’s behind the perfect smile?
I was at the dentist recently for a cleaning and the doctor made note that I had the perfect smile. I responded politely, but in my head I was thinking I have some minor and major work that needs to be done. Clearly, he saw the exam before he made this comment. This encounter catapulted me into writing this blog.
We would rather ignore the minor issues, which often lead to major issues. Things never get better by ignoring them. Eventually, something will hurt so badly that you have to deal with it.
When the signs are there, don’t push it aside or try to work around it; confront the underlying issues. It may be God’s way of nudging you to deal with you.
What's in you matters.
The awareness of our minor and major issues is often overshadowed by success and the aspiring of it. The pandemic taught me how to look inwardly and deal with the real me. I had to press to get to the other side of understanding who I was and who I needed to become.
The reality is there are parts of you that still need fixing. Don't masquerade it in elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes. (1 Timothy 2:9) None of it matters if your character is going to be questioned because you lack maturity, integrity, intelligence, and common sense.
Wanting more, but offering less.
I hold on strongly to the vision God gave me for this women’s ministry, but I also know this journey is slow and steady because I am still being processed. As much as I want it to happen overnight, I know I still need more of God and less of me. I don’t want to access the blessings and miss the purpose and the promise of what and why He’s called me to ministry.
What are you hiding behind?
The band-aid approach can only work so long… until it doesn’t. Are you hiding because you don’t want people to see the real you? The broken version of you? The part that still has questions? Unresolved pain and trauma?
It’s easier to show up polished and perfect than to decide to unpack all the stuff that has you bound.
Could it be that you don’t see your character flaws as big enough or you just don’t want to invest in a solution such as counseling, small groups or even a just going to church? So you keep ignoring the warning signs.
There are some things God wants to rid of you now before He takes you into your next. He doesn’t want you to fail or experience loss. When you have character flaws that you cannot deal with, it can be expensive in the log run with relationships and even monetary depending on the field you’re in. You could also be replaced.
As quickly as one elevates, they can also be exposed and demoted.
Why connecting with people is important.
I said earlier that my doctor commented on my perfect smile, but he also revealed the other issues I needed to address. Make sure you are connected to the right people that will celebrate your wins, but we challenge your issues for growth.
I don’t need my inner circle to be filled with people that see my flaws but aren’t bold enough to speak up and check me on it.
Challenge yourself not to become offended when someone corrects you, but embrace it.
Let what’s on the outside match what’s in the inside. This is not about perfection but learning a lot about ourselves so that we can prevent bigger problems later.
Change the way you see yourself
The same way my dentist saw me is the same way God sees us. God no longer sees our imperfections; He sees the righteousness of His own Son instead. (Ephesians 2:13) God sees Christ’s righteousness covering us.
In addition, you are seen through the righteousness of Christ - the word of God is still profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16) You have to be trained in it to maintain it. How often do we miss this part?
See yourself as God sees you. Do the inner work and dismantle the things that are not of God in your heart and mind.