Imperfections Bringing You Down?

November 30, 2012 1 Comment


That picture up there is our garage.

You might not think that sharing a picture of our garage would induce fear in me, but it does.

As you may be able to see in the picture our garage is literally falling down. There are holes in the wall and roof. The paint is pealing. Inside the concrete floor is lifted and broken up. The entire garage is leaning, with the north side at least a foot higher than the south.

Sharing my imperfect garage is sharing the imperfect me.


Somehow we equate our homes, the buildings we live in, to our self worth.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before: “You should see their house. It’s beautiful. And 3000 square feet with a 3 car garage!”

There are lots of things implied in a statement like that.

Success. Wealth. Admiration. Achievement. Worthiness.

All wrapped up in a house.


When we bought our house in June I fell in love. Not just with the house (which I definitely did) but with all the house symbolizes for us — putting down roots, an amazing community for our children to grow up in, easy walks to the local pub and library, short commute for my husband.

Still, there are imperfections. The garage is the most obvious.

If you look at the picture of our garage again you can see the cause of most of it’s troubles.

85 years ago someone made the silly decision to build the garage right next to a growing tree. That tree continued to grow and is now a strong, stately oak, one of the largest trees in our neighborhood.


Strength, Oak Tree

I look up into the branches of the tree and see strength.


Perhaps, if you look really closely at other imperfections you will see strength right there beside them. 

Perhaps imperfections give birth to strength. 

Perhaps strength comes with some imperfections.


I don’t feel scared about sharing the picture of our garage anymore. Sure, it’s imperfect. But strength is there too. Today I focusing on the strength.


What strengths can you see today? I’d love to hear. Leave a comment below. Together we can create a list of strengths.

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  1. Lynnette says:

    I’m seriously stuck on how to express my feelings on these statements above. I love it when something so profound and amazing knocks me over with it’s truth. You, dear Kelly, just knocked me over. =)

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