In The Midst Of The Mess


Have you ever noticed the messiness of life comes and goes? Sometimes it seems something happens when you think “It’s all going so well.”

A couple of years ago, I preached a sermon series about finding the wonderful of living in the midst of the mess.


Messiness happens to anyone and everyone.

We had fun using the theme for the sermon series from the movie,  It’s A Wonderful Life, which I’ve watched more than any other *movie.

I watch the movie in the original black and white version.  I’m a purist when it comes to creativity.  I love to see the artist’s work in its original format.  By the way, it’s amazing how black and white looks so great.


The story takes place during the Great Depression (October 29, 1929 – 1939) and World War II (1939 –1945) depicting the struggle of the people in the mess of it all.  They find their way through it all with one another, the key of finding the wonderful in the mess of it all. 

The story is timeless.  People are the same today as they were yesterday.

When things happen out of our control . .

and the messiness of it all comes our way . . .

we often do what we can to control every detail . . .

trying to force life to be the way . . .

we want it to be.

Of course, people are often involved in making the mess. Some individuals leave it to those around them to clean the mess up.


Sometimes there are individuals more interested in seeing things go wrong for others, hoping for anything but the best.  It’s the way some people respond to the messiness in their own life.

Regardless of how the mess came to be, it’s possible to find the wonderful in the midst of it all.


There’s always more to the story.

So. Take a breath. Lean in. And, find the place of wonderful in your life.

**Best Advice

This advice is one small element of learning to navigate the messiness of life and finding the wonderful in it.

  1.  Lean into the following ancient conversation (yes, this is usually reserved for the holidays; however, it’s a timeless truth):

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! (Luke 1:30, NLT). 

“Not one promise from God is empty of power, for nothing is impossible with God!” (Luke 1:37, TPT). 

2.  Anchor these truths soul deep as you find the wonderful in the messiness:

  • Don’t be afraid.
  • You have found favor with God.
  • The impossible is possible with God.

*Confession:  I do not watch many movies.

**Connect with  a life-coach, pastor, spiritual advisor, professional counselor, or trusted friend for direction, guidance, and wisdom. 

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