My whole life I thought God wanted me to try harder, perform more, and be the best I could be. I thought I could never be honest or transparent because that would show weakness, and God doesn’t like weakness. In college though things started crashing around me, I got kicked off the baseball team, my girlfriend broke up with me, and I got put on academic probation for such poor academic performance. It was a low point for sure, but it was in that low point I realized God actually meets us right in the mess. We don’t have to fake it, we don’t have to act, and we can be vulnerable and honest because that’s the very door in which grace entered. And in that grace we find the joy, beauty, rest, and shalom we were looking for the whole time.