The Imperfect Letter

A friend and I had decided to write letters to each other.  

This particular friend told me that they were unsatisfied with the way the letter kept turning out.  That they had rewritten it about 4 times.  And were thinking of rewriting it again.  

‘There are tons of spelling errors, my handwriting is terrible, and it sounds...weird in certain areas.’

‘Oh, just send it already,’ I told them, rolling my eyes.

And as I was writing my own letter (to them), their words kept coming to my mind.  Oh, I thought to myself.  My handwriting looks horrible right there...that didn’t make any sense...that ‘a’ is too fat...

So I stopped and looked at my letter...complete with its sloppy handwriting (which, by the way, was indeed not very neat...some days, it just isn’t, you know?), a couple words I had crossed out (because a better word came to mind a few seconds later)...and the list goes on.  As the thought crossed my mind to just rewrite the whole darn letter, yet another thought took precedence over the former.

Raquel - let’s just say my conscience was telling me this, okay? - you aren’t perfect.  Nothing you ever do will be perfect.  Because of the sin in this world, the sin that Adam and Eve committed, everyone in this world is imperfect.  But take heart!  You are God’s daughter.  Even if you are imperfect, even if you make mistakes...you are a beautiful mess.  

I smiled to myself, signed my name, folded the letter, stuck it in the envelope and then chatted my friend.  ‘Your letter is finished - complete with imperfections!’

Dear friends, you will never lead a perfect life.  Every day you will make mistakes.  Every day you will make a wrong choice.  But... ‘I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.’ (Phil. 1:6)

We may not be perfect, but we are forgiven.  We may fail in life, but we are shown grace.  We are a work in progress.  A painting not yet finished.  A beautiful mess.  An imperfect letter.


'But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.'
- Ephesians 4:7



  1. I'll be praying for you, Raquel!
    What a wonderful opportunity!

    Great post ;-) Thanks for sharing. We (especially us perfectionist types - like me) need to remember that we are a work in progress.

  2. I SO needed to hear this today... Thanks Raquel!

    Andddd... I cannot wait for pictures!:)

    -Grace @ thatsmilingblog.com

  3. We live in a world where we think perfection is a must. That if it isn't perfect then we've failed somehow. But that's not life. Thanks for posting this...

  4. What a great message, Raquel! :) I'll be praying for you at the wedding! So exciting!!

  5. What a beautiful post. Prayers coming your way for the wedding! xo

  6. Raquel, that was a great post ;) Thank you for sharing it with me!

    I'll be praying ;) That is really exciting though!!

  7. This was such a pretty post. And so true! None of us will ever be perfect.


  8. Can't tell you how both this post and a friend's link to Britt Nicole's song, "All This Time", touched me this morning.
    It was like God showed me again, that even though I have made so many mistakes and hurt so many friends, that HE still loves me...He's always there, He'll never leave my side, no matter what I've done.

    Thanks Raquel...think this was meant for mw today!

    *big hug*

    P.s. That's super exciting!! good luck ;)

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