You probably know of someone who is a perfectionist. Everything must be in certain orders, certain rules must be followed by the book, and life must be lived by a fixed set of standards. People who want everything perfect according to their own ways expect others to do the same. They become very uncomfortable when things don’t go the way they want them to be. Although you expect them to have a spotless house and be good in organization, the sad fact is, they can’t be happy nor be fully content with their lives. They can be very cynical of others and will be easily discouraged as they lose control of their unrealistic expectations.
We want to have a perfect life, perfect marriage, perfect children, perfect church, yet when everything has to be right, something isn’t. Here on earth, we have a few brief years to wrestle with the challenges of imperfection. I learned that we can only be happy when we take life as it comes, and learn to forgive others’ faults knowing we are also imperfect.
We can only know perfection in heaven. We, believers in Christ will agree with this fact. 1 Corinthians 13:10 says “ but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.” The same chapter enumerated what God’s idea of love is. God himself is love. He expects His children to love in its purest form (which is not easy all the time) but doing so, we obey God. We can be very busy for God ,tithe and serve Him and others endlessly, but if we don’t know how to love, we can be compared to clanging cymbals or a resounding gong.
Yes, we all have fallen short of the glory of God. Our sins, no matter how big and small, are still called sins. Our good works, no matter how benevolent they are, are called “filthy rags” in the eyes of God. The good news is Jesus came and died for our sins, and when we accepted Him in our hearts,and make Him as our Lord and Savior, our sins are washed away..they're like as white as snow.
May we not lose courage in considering our own imperfection. Learn to live with those things that are less than perfect, pray for God’s guidance and let go of our unrealistic expectations. No matter how rich and famous you are, if you are too busy to spend even few minutes with God everyday, at the end of the day, you can't please God. We don't even have to be perfect to share God's love.
The world revolves around imperfect people like you and me, yet may we be reminded that we have a Perfect God who will lead us to the Way where perfection resides. Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. Now, that is a perfect fact!
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2
Hi, Gloria! SO GOOD to see your latest posting - I've missed you!
Oh, yes, if only we could be 'strong enough' to release ourselves to the Lord and admit our imperfections. Knowing we can never be perfect this side of Heaven is really a great relief because it's then we can rely upon God and not ourselves. May we all be strong enough to be humble before the Lord! For God's wisdom will overshadow our imperfections.
God bless you. Love, Peggy