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September 24, 2012
Life on Planet Kathy
Messy, Sweaty Love
by Kathryn H. Kidd

There’s a whole lot of garbage on Facebook, as you Facebook subscribers are well aware. But hidden among all those annoying notices that somebody has sent you a rutabaga and that somebody you barely know is listening to a Barenaked Ladies tune at this very minute, there is an occasional gem.

I found a gem on Saturday. It was a quote, in the form of a note. Here it is:

Dear Human,

You’ve got it all wrong. You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and where you’ll return. You came here to learn personal love. Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love. Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of … messing up. Often.

You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous. And then to rise again into remembering.”

Now I’m not even going to hazard a guess as to the doctrinal soundness of this quote, but it certainly speaks to the human condition. We human beings spend a lot of time spinning our wheels, trying to love people unconditionally. What happens? Real life gets in the way — that’s what happens!

Here are just a few instances where we try to love as Jesus loves, only to find ourselves coming up short:

The quote was right. We’re human. We can’t do all those things — not even close. But we can try. Even when we fail this time, there will be an opportunity tomorrow to love again. Maybe tomorrow we’ll be better, or maybe we won’t.

Eventually, as the quote says, we’ll be in a place where we can love unconditionally, perfectly. Until then, what matters is that we pick ourselves up and try again.

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