The Gifts of Imperfection
Brene Brown writes in her book, “The Gifts of Imperfection,” guidelines for the readers to a wholehearted life by letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are. I acknowledge and appreciate the hard work behind the research and writing that went into this book. I consider this book a gift to many who struggle with the sense of identity.
The Gifts of Incarnation
What I am about to share is a list of ten guideposts in the book “The Gifts of Imperfection.” I named it the gifts of incarnation because what God did by sending his son as a human baby about two thousand years ago not only relates but more importantly realizes all the gifts in all its wholeheartedness.
Ten Gifts of Incarnation
1. Authenticity: Jesus gives you a gift of authenticity so you can let go of what people think by focusing on what God thinks of you.
2. Self-Compassion: Jesus gives you a gift of self-compassion so you can let go of perfectionism by receiving perfection in Jesus.
3. Resilient Spirit: Jesus gives you a gift of resilient spirit so you can let go of numbing and powerlessness, but endure and enjoy the set backs and challenges that come your way.
4. Gratitude and Joy: Jesus gives you a gift of gratitude and joy so you can let go of scarcity and fear of the dark.
5. Intuition and Trusting Faith: Jesus gives you a gift of intuition and trusting faith so you can let go of the need for certainty but keep in step with the Holy Spirit.
6. Creativity: Jesus gives you a gift of creativity so you can let go of comparison and go create.
7. Play and Rest: Jesus gives you a gift of play and rest so you can let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.
8. Calm and Stillness: Jesus gives you a gift of calm and stillness so you can let go of anxiety as a lifestyle and receive peace that transcends all understanding.
9. Meaningful Work: Jesus gives you a gift of meaningful work so you can let go of self-doubt and ‘supposed to’ and work to the best of your ability.
10. Laughter, Song, and Dance: Jesus gives you a gift of laughter, song and dance so you can let go of being cool and ‘always in control.’
I pray and hope you would receive all these gifts of incarnation this Christmas!