Spoiler Alert: We are one of those families who doesn't have it all together.
The laundry is seemingly never done;
the dishes are perfectlly piled high in the sink;
toys and such are stubbornly strewn across the floor,
and a spill is oh but a moment away.
But, despite the mess that surrounds us, we've learned to keep our eyes on the Master - the One, the ONLY ONE who can turn our MESS INTO A MESSAGE. For the goal isn't to avoid messes, but to PUT ON LOVE and CHOOSE JOY during the messes.
As the apostle Paul so beautifully put it, "I have learned to be content in whatever state I am … For it is Christ who empowers me … Who infuses inner strength to me … and I am self-sufficient IN HIS sufficiency." Phillipians 4 [AMP]
That's the prize. That's the promise. That's the MESSage.