The time has finally come to (officially) begin our 2nd book club book, Present Over Perfect. The intro, Ship to Wreck was super short, but even in such few pages, I had to write to get us started.
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I won’t lie, I began reading apprehensively. After the guilt that came from reading A Mother’s Heart, I started wondering what sort of judgment and pressure I might feel diving into this second book.
Paragraph one calmed all those fears.
Shauna says, “It’s a story about letting yourself be loved, in all your imperfect, scarred, non-spectacular glory.” (p. 15)
In an instant, I knew this book would be different. In fact, as soon as she also stated (on p. 19), “I’m not, by any means, at the end of this journey,” I thought to myself, “These could be words directly from my mouth.
Given that Ship to Wreck was such a short chapter (I don’t even think it was a chapter, but instead just a preface to set up the rest of the book), there was one main part I stayed fixated on.
And that’s what I want to share with you today.
Ship to Wreck
Shauna mentions what she considers to be her two sins at play. She states (on p. 19),
The two sins at play here, I believe, are gluttony and pride – the desire to escape and the desire to prove, respectively. I want to taste and experience everything, and I want to be perceived as wildly competent. The opposite of gluttony is sobriety, in the widest sense, which is not my strong suit. And the opposite of pride, one might say, is vulnerability — essentially, saying this is who I am… not the sparkly image, not the smoke and mirrors, not the accomplishments or achievements. This is me, with all my limitations, with all my weaknesses.
I started thinking about my own two sins because, like her, pride tops the list, and like her, I always want to perceived as wildly competent.
My other sin at play is selfishness and greed, but perhaps not in the way that we typically think of the two words. I’m not selfish or greedy for money or material things. I am selfish and greedy for my time, my interests, my goals, and the me, me, me around everyday life.
My two sins have played off each other in very harsh ways my entire life.
In fact, so hard that several months ago it all sort of came to a head, and I found myself in a similar place to Shauna, staring up at a ceiling, exhausted.
I loved how she ended Ship to Wreck (p.20),
My prayer is that this book will be a thousand invitations, springing up from every page, calling you to leave behind the heavy weight of comparison, competition, and exhaustion, and recraft a life marked by meaning, connection, and unconditional love.
I feel like reading this book is going to help me explore even more, and continue the path to change and acceptance while finding the courage to put pen to paper and write my own story.
Because the truth is that this journey is never going to end. Not for you, not for me, and that’s okay.
Question: What are your two sins? I obviously don’t expect you to share them here (though you can if you’d like), but think about it.
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