I think you fully realize you are a grown-up when a 13-year-old child tells you, “You don’t know how to have fun.” You absolutely know that you are a grown-up when your instinctive reply is, “Whatever, I’ll have you know I have a puzzle I intend to work. 1,000 pieces!” And, as if there were any doubt remaining, you really, really know you are grown up when you fall asleep at 8:30 and never even get the puzzle out of the box. I’m not exactly adulting like a boss.
Other times, I chase the squirrels running loose in my sister’s head or get lost on roundabouts. Seriously, how many roundabouts does one city need? If you plan on visiting Conway, Arkansas, you are in for a treat – roundabouts are everywhere. In these moments, I am adulting even less like a boss.
It’s astounding how I can go from running a successful company to losing my phone while I’m talking on it. Or how I can run 10 miles for fun but waste 20 minutes trying to find the closest parking spot at the grocery store. Other things are more complicated like how I can bite my tongue in a board meeting but lose my temper at home, make time for solitaire but not for exercise, or rant to 30 people about a bad experience instead of talking to God about it once.
Some days, I feel like I have the role of being an adult down to a science – everything makes sense. My work is productive, and my relationships are rewarding. Other days, everything from the gas pump to the coffee barista can frustrate my agenda. I find that most days fall somewhere in between. Somedays, I am so spiritual and I thank God for my salvation, my family and my home. Today, I thanked Him for dry shampoo.
It’s a great feeling to have your act together, but the most wonderful thing is to know that even when you don’t, GOD still accepts you. When you’re kneeling at the altar or crying out to Him from your car, He hears you. Whether you’re asking for leadership in your ministry or your way out of a new roundabout, He hears you. Whether you are confessing or rejoicing, He hears you.
He wants you when you are adulting like a boss or a little less like a boss. It’s not the moment or the mood you’re in that matters. His affection for you is not situational – it’s consistent and it’s eternal. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and SO WE ARE” (1 John 3:1, ESV). Scripture doesn’t say, so we are until we mess up or cry because the delivery guy brought us the wrong pizza. It says and “SO WE ARE” -present tense.
While we may change from minute to minute, God remains the same. He doesn’t change His mind about us. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, ESV). He loves us unconditionally and irrevocably.
So, relax. We’re not called to adult like a boss or even close, we are called to serve God with the unique gifts that He has provided. Some days that looks like a well-rehearsed ballet and other times it looks like the macarena in the kitchen trying to catch flying spatulas. So whether you feel like a boss or a little less like a boss, you are incredibly loved either way.