What Everyone Wants To Hear

I’m going to tell you what everyone really wants to hear. The most encouraging thing you will ever learn about yourself, and the best news in the universe.

You suck.

I mean it. Like absolutely, utterly, without a doubt, you suck. You aren’t perfect and you never will be. You’ve been told all of your life, “You can do it.” Well, I have news for you. You can’t. You cannot ever be perfect, and you will never even come close. This is the best news. Freeing, not discouraging.

You might be thinking, “This girl is absolutely crazy.” I would reply, “Now you’re starting to get it.” I am. We all are. Charles Spurgeon once said, “Perfection belongs alone to God… We are no doubt all of us insane to a degree.”If this is true then God is the only thing in existence capable of perfection, and the rest of us are all on the same level. On this level no one can be perfectly sane. 

So basically you really, really, really, really, really stink

I know, I know. How is this good news? In order to explain this best, I first need to explain the problem with our imperfection.

The problem

The deepest desire of our soul is to be with God forever, this for us is perfection, and we were created by God to be this way. Unfortunately, every moment of imperfection is in absolute rebellion to a perfect God because it is acting against how we were created to be. God is not only required by his perfect justice to not be with rebellious people, He is required to sentence death. Our imperfection, deserves death. Any single moment of sucking, deserves death. 

The best news:

We suck. Not a single person could achieve this perfection that we were created for so God did it because he loved us even in our imperfection. Jesus Christ came down, lived a life of perfection, died the death that we deserve for our imperfection, and then rose so that his life of perfection could be given to all who believe that he did this on behalf of imperfect humankind. In Christ, God does not see the suck. He sees perfection. Therefore, because of Christ, sucky people can be with a perfect God forever. 

Recap: What everyone really wants to hear is that they suck.

If you suck, you qualify to receive the perfect life of Christ.

Hey, if it helps to hear. I suck too. I know it’s not a competition and all, but I probably suck more than you. In the words of the famous High School Musical song, “We’re all in this together!” So let’s embrace our suckiness, and praise God for it. After all, a physician only helps those who are sick, not those who are well. Without our suckiness, we wouldn’t need a Savior. 

My name is Erica Anne Hairston, and I suck. For me, this is the best news in the universe. I embrace my suck, and I hope you do too!

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like humanity?

We once were lost but now are found, once were blind but now can see.

We sinned against a holy God, disobeying and deserving death.

By the grace of Christ we live! Oh, what a gift is every breath!