I think we would all like to strive for perfection. Some feel like that is what they live for – to be perfect in something in their life – maybe sports, maybe attitude, or maybe just in general. Well, I am here to tell you – I am a perfectionist that is greatly flawed. I think it is ok to strive to do things perfect but we are humans – we are not Jesus – so we make mistakes. The definition of PERFECTION is:
1: the quality or state of being perfect: as
a: freedom from fault or defect : flawlessness
c: the quality or state of being saintly
2 a: an exemplification of supreme excellence
b: an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence
3: the act or process of perfecting
I like #3 – the act or process of perfecting – it doesn’t say – is perfect. I think we should all strive to do things perfect knowing that it is almost an impossible goal, but it making progress towards our goal. I realized that I had allowed myself not to do things because I wouldn’t be perfect or in some cases, even good. I really like being the best at what I do or if I am in charge – I want things to go smoothly and I want to be the best. I did not exercise for health reasons (or so I said) but I realized that it was because I didn’t want to be awkward or struggle to complete something. I have learned that you just have to get out there and get started…I am still a VERY long way from perfection but it sures is closer than when I wasn’t even getting off the couch. I am making HUGE progress!
With our perfect God, it is sometimes imtimidating to serve him because I just didn’t feel worthy – do you ever feel that way? I make so many mistakes – and will never ever be perfect in my service to God. I can strive for perfection though – I can keep going forward, keep improving and keep progressing. That is what God wants. God wants our best but he knows it is flawed. He also don’t want us to get to prideful and bragging about ourselves. He wants us to work hard, give our best and be humble. So get out there and make progress!
Proverbs 29:23 The Message (MSG)
23 Pride lands you flat on your face; humility prepares you for honors.
Physical Fitness – 5 perfect form push-ups – really focus on how you are doing your push ups – make progress.
Mental Fitness – Read current events – get relevant with what is going on in our world. It is important that you stay current and know how things effect you!
Spiritual Fitness – Matthew 5:48 New International Version (NIV)
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Even the Bible encourages us to be perfect. Here is a great link to a message about being perfect. I hope you will read it. http://www.albatrus.org/english/living/kingdom/be_ye_perfect.htm
Prayers for you as you strive for perfection but are making progress. Practice makes perfect….be consistent, persistent and continue every day!
Pray for me as I strive for perfection but understand that making progress is certainly better than not performing or even trying and pray as I continue this awesome journey of physical, mental and spiritual fitness.