Reality Check: Be Holy as I am Holy

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As I was sitting here at the breakfast table drinking my coffee and reading my devotional, I looked up and saw the pair of socks sitting on the floor. I have no idea how long they have been there. I looked up the wall and saw the jackets. “It’s been in the 80’s for weeks now,” I thought. I listened to the kids as they passed through the garage. They were playing outside because I had shooed them out. “Go find you something to do, please,” I had said.

This was a morning that I wish I could do over. I woke up with a headache and stressful thoughts were already crowding my mind. RB had quietly knocked on my door at 7:30am and asked for something to eat. I knew that if I told him “yes” that two other little girls would follow him and THEN I’d have to get up, fix milk to drink, clean up crumbs, sweep the floor……..domino effect.

I told him no.

And then I told him yes.

But I was grumpy about it.

How selfish of me.

And so the dominoes fell and the snowballs rolled.

All of these things, socks, jackets, food…seem so little. Yet when one after another after another is piled on, the molehill, literally, can turn into a mountain that seems impossible to climb.

And in the midst of climbing up the mountain, we are called to be a holy people, set apart for God.

“…and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…” ~ Hebrews 12:14

I have not been holy. Perhaps I have considered myself “set apart” and walked through the motions. But in action, word, and thought I have been so far away from holy it isn’t funny. I have been fighting unseen battles every day. And since I’ve attempted to read the Bible and pray on a more consistent schedule, the arrows that had been flying have become more numerous.

I always thought it strange that Paul tells his readers to “follow his example.” How arrogant to tell people to be as you are. And then in another letter Paul tells how he is the chief of sinners. That seems contradictory to me.

After meditating on this for a while, I think I understand.

I stare at our family portraits and we look like such happy family. Overall, I think we are. We are extremely blessed. But those pictures capture a “fake moment in time.” The smiles hide the fact that little ones were antsy to leave, the husband was hungry, and mom was stressed and tired. I need a reality check.

Readers, I mess up…a lot. In fact, I am the chief of sinners. I may not be after Christians to throw them in jail and possibly murder them, but I have lost my temper, said words that cut instead of edify, and had my own pity parties and tantrums when I don’t get my own way.

Sin is sin.

And we are to be holy as Jesus is holy.

The only way I can do that is to admit my guilt and make sure I am covered by the blood of Jesus. Jesus is holy. I am not.

So Readers, I ask you to follow my example, as Paul did to his own readers of the day.

Follow me.

Admit your short comings.

Consider your ways.

Make sure you are right with God through Jesus, His Son. Pursue Him. Seek Him. He will be found.

The socks on the floor may stay there for another week or so. The jackets will be fine on the hooks. The faces in the photos on the walls hold memories which teach and bring joy.

As I’m ending this post, two little heads “floated” by my window. THEY are watching me. THEY will follow my example. I want that example to be real, transparent, and desirable. I want them to see me wrestling with sin and working out my salvation so that they will know Who to turn to when they need a Rock to stand on.

Which leads me to think….I wonder what kind of blog post Paul would write to his readers today?

What would be a blog title Paul would use? Let me know below.



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Reality Check: Be Holy as I am Holy — 14 Comments


    • Thanks friend! I don’t think it’s so much that I am beating myself up this time. I really desire to be pure before the Lord and there has been quite a bit of pruning and purging in my heart and soul recently.

  2. As moms, I think we are allowed to have those days. As humans, I think we are allowed to have those days. I am trying to find the balance between a mom, a wife, a homemaker, a blogger, and not lose myself in the process. I see my negative traits coming out in my toddler, and it really kicked me in the pants and reminded me to be humble and gracious, and if the dishes are still in the sink or the toys are still on the floor at the end of the day/week, we will still be ok!

    • It’s amazing to think that God gave us just the right kids to teach us about Himself, ourselves, and use situations, words, and mistakes to sanctify us.

  3. Paul would write something along the lines of, “I gave you one thing to remember and you forgot!” As far as being a mommy, my boys keep me in the straight and narrow. Just when I’m about to say “What-e-ver!” I see them looking at me and want to live up to their expectations. Hugs!

    • Yes, my kids like to keep me in line as well. And I agree, I think that is what Paul would say as well!

  4. Amen! I just love how our children and home life reflect back to us those areas where we need to focus. We are so holy when we’re reading our Bibles and devotionals, and then somebody asks for milk! I’m right there with you in the trenches! Thanks for the reminder to pursue Him instead of getting further away. 🙂

    • Yes, yes!! I am learning and interruptions are ok. In fact, I have to tell myself that truth at least once a day!

  5. I was just writing these words when your post came through on my email: Do I fear the Lord? Not enough it would seem. I am over run with sinful habits and attitudes. I am reluctant to rise when I hear his voice beckoning me. I choose my own way over His. Oh Lord, how have you not struck me down for my arrogance? Oh God, I surrender myself to you. Forgive me. Cleanse me. Renew a right spirit within me. Create in me a heart that fears you more than I love my own comfort. Regard me and know that I am cracked and broken and desperate need of healing. -Lord, how I need you. I’ll be posting this in detail under the heading The Secret of the Lord.
    Psalm 25:14
    The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.
    Thanks so much for posting, It’s amazing how your very words affirmed what the Lord is speaking into my heart tonight.

    • I love how God works. Heaven is going to be amazing because I am sure there is going to have to be a meet and greet where Jesus reveals all the little things He did that interlocked us sisters in Christ together.

  6. Good grief it has been so long since we’ve been in touch! I realized how much I’ve missed your posts. It’s really a blessing to obtain so many followers but then I realize how much I miss those who have meant the most to me! Won’t it be wonderful in heaven when we have an eternity (literally) to get to know each other better? I trust life his good and your sweet family is continually being blessed.

    I’ll look forward to perusing your posts again and liking them as I always have. Blessings my dear friend,

    • I know, friend! Since moving from, I don’t feel like I connect with those readers as much as I used to. I’m not exactly sure why. I am keeping up with you as your posts come to me. I just don’t get to comment as much as Id like to. Please, let’s stay in touch!!

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