When you have a mess to address, first options aren’t usually the best options. Getting back at the person who wronged you, lashing out, taking risky gambles—first options often make messes messier. Doing the right thing is more difficult. Doing the right thing doesn’t offer quick, simple fixes. But it results in a story worth telling, a story that glorifies God. That’s because doing the right thing begins with following Jesus.
Cleaning your mess is not the point! You are becoming something, and your mess being straightened out is just a byproduct of what’s happening in you. You are becoming like Him because HE IS LOVE. Miss this, and you will dumb it down to “don’t mess up,” which centers you on you. Heavenly Father, complete the work you’ve begun in me.” This will tune your heart to what God is up to in you. Jesus loves the little messes, all the little messes of the world. But He loves you too much to leave you that way.