There are seasons in our life for different things. Sometimes God throws things in our path to slow us down, humble us, and make us depend on Him alone not our own abilities.
-death in the family
– pregnancy/ newborn
– Personal illness
– Sick children
– Flooded homes
– Unexpected guests
You are lowering your standards when we find ourselves:
Offering up a mess when you like things neat…
Eating out when you should have cooked.
Holding a crying baby, when they should be sleeping.
Hugging your husband when your running late.
Wearing play clothes to Church because you can’t find dress shoes.
It’s ok. Sometimes that’s the cross. God humbling us and teaching us that we are so weak and imperfect.
Sometimes He wants others to see us this way.
– When my kids misbehave in Mass, I pray “If it brings more people to You , by seeing us sweating and frazzled, so be it. I accept.”
– When I’m having a bad hair day, “ok God if it brings more people to you by me looking put together and stylish; I accept. If it brings more people to you seeing me tired, weak and wrinkled. I accept that too.”
– I once heard a story of 10 Vietnamese priests who were escaping the country. They were staying in a small house together. They had to purposefully leave dirty dishes and a mess around the house because if authorities came and it was super neat they would suspect they were religious. He said it was such a cross not to keep the home clean.
– Sometimes we pride ourselves in certain areas of life and we feel like we are letting others down by not keeping them up 100% of the time. Maybe we are letting them down. Maybe they don’t care. But either way God knows that we wish things were different. And He is ok with our temporary Super Low Standards.