Courage always gets you dirty. You have to be in the middle of the action to create action. ~ Dave Ramsey
Many of us prefer to be clean. We like manicured lawns, and tidy homes. We don’t like messes, and we don’t like to be dirty. Clean, polished, and put together. That’s what so many people prefer. Even if it’s only on the surface. Even if it’s only a façade.
I’ll be honest. That’s what I have wanted for a long time in many areas of my life, too. But do you know what I am learning?
Life is messy!
If you are honest, you have likely realized that perfection is a myth. Yes, we strive for it sometimes. But, honestly, it doesn’t exist.
I believe many of us are afraid of being messy. It’s hard work. It’s often difficult to take time to get to know someone and learn about their mess. Heck, it’s hard to deal with our own messes! Sometimes that mess is in our heads. Other times, it is very real. It could be our marriage, an addiction, family relationships or a past we can’t let go of.
Why do we shy away from getting dirty and actually doing the work?
Because it’s hard work.
It’s much easier to pretend that everything is okay.
To live in the safe world of denial.
When we fail to see our own messes, we are blinded to the hurt in others. Have you ever thought about that? How can we possibly help others through their messes when we do not admit or deal with our own mess?
But courage is something different. Courage says, “let’s get dirty.” Let’s start something. Let’s create some action!
Where have you had the courage to get messy? Share in the comments.