Ode to Blessed Imperfection

I am not perfect but I strive to be humble.

I am not eloquent but I work to encourage.

Never early but ready when I get there.

A million flaws but a million and one smiles.

I miss a lot but see the needy and help.

Not popular but known to love the Lord.

I focus on the big picture but God points out the details I need.

Not always lovable but my children respect and love me.

Not always a great wife but always a forgiving one.

I am not perfect but I am blessed to know humble is better.😄❤

About Perfection

No one is perfect.

Except God.

You and I are not God.

So stop demanding perfection of yourself or others.

Stop allowing anyone to demand it of you.

If they need perfection, point them to God.

He is perfect and can handle it.

If they keep on you, you go to God. He is perfect and can handle it.

Review:

We are not/cannot be perfect.

Only God is perfect.

Point others to Him.

Go to Him.❤

The Laws of Nature

God created this world and everything in it using physical, biological, mathematical, etc. laws and lots and lots of love. And if you study His design long enough, you will be amazed by His skills and also ask why. Why go to all the trouble? Why is it all here? And the answer is as profound as the question, and I know it. Wanna hear it? God designed everything because 1. He wanted to and frankly, He can do whatever He wants to do and 2. His immense love compelled Him to. As soon as He thought of you, He loved you so much He just had to give you life. And here is why we say God is love. He cannot operate without it. Love is God’s DNA, if He has such a thing, or at least His M.O. (modus operendi). And if that does not well up your praise and worship of God, I cannot help you. 😄 ❤

Complete is Mature & Balanced

People try to balance right and wrong. As if doing more good than bad saves your eternal soul. This is a ridiculous, ludicrous notion and here is why. Who determines what is right and wrong and which is better and keeps tabs on which you do in what column? See the ridiculousness of it? It is laughable. Even if you get right and wrong from the truth of the Bible, there are sometimes extrenuous circumstances and that God searches the heart, intent and motivation as much as what we do. So who can be more right than wrong by those high standards? You see how flawed that thinking is?

What God calls us to is perfection. But what He means by that is complete and mature and balanced. He wants us saved by the blood and resurrection power of Christ Jesus, which is a free gift in response to a humble prayer for it. Then we are saved. No right and wrong balanced, we are saved and secure for eternity with Him as long as we keep our humble prayer for salvation our heart’s desire. And no strings are attached, it is our gift. The complete maturity and balance (of eternity thinking and now thinking) comes after that as we live our lives focused on Him, maturing, growing, learning and studying truth, serving, appreciating, worshipping, praying, etc. As we strive every minute, every day, every thought or goal to be a follower of Christ Jesus, we become more like Him and eventually take on His likeness and focus and perspective. That is the perfection God calls us to. He takes us as we are, loves us, blesses us with the free gift of salvation, then trains us to be so much more for n our benefit and His kingdom’s benefit. And this is His will for us all. He loves us that much! How amazing is that! How perfect is He!❤❤❤

My Perfection

I have had a lot of people ask how I maintain my perfection. Bahahahaha! I am just kidding. So kidding. I just wanted to smile. I do not strive for perfection. I long ago accepted me as being as close to perfect as I can possibly get by being as humble as I possibly can to allow God’s perfection to flow through me. In fact, I know this little secret… lean in… ya ready?… wait for it…

No one is perfect no matter what they want you to think. In fact, the more together they look, the more messed up they probably are because they are trying too hard to cover it up. So there is the little secret. So no one ever fools me. I have frankly lived too long to buy that noise. But I know it of myself also.

The thing about striving to live truth and convey God’s truth is that you no longer get to lie to yourself either. I always need God. I need Him every minute of every day. He is my everything. God the Father is a constant loving Father. Jesus is a constant loving Father and the Holy Spirit is a constant loving Father. They are all God and I cannot live or function without Him. Does that mean I need a crutch? Absolutely, if that is what honesty is called to you, I own it happily and with great pride. I take pride most in my humbleness before God to allow Him to work through me. That is the flow I am most peaceful, joyful, etc. (you know the fruits of the Spirit).

When I give things immediately to God, I still have work to do, but as I do it I know His power is doing it and everything is easy. Yes, I said easy. Once you have wrestled down your pride (that is the hard part), the rest is easy.

So in review, perfect is not possible with people, humble is as perfect as possible for us, and God is perfect and will lovingly flow through you. And that is pretty perfect.😄❤

Meeting Imperfections with Humility

I am far from perfect. I strive for being purified by God. I am way too realistic to strive for perfection. I understand full well that is impossible with me. Not because I am bad but because I am human. I strive to live to please God and be purified by Jesus. That is it. That makes me look not perfect but restored. I still have the scuffs and dings and scars but I am a restored, refurbished work of God.

Today, I blew it and again need restoration. Thankfully, God is in the business of detail work. I became angry at a leader in the church, an intern, actually. I said true but inappropriate things about him to a coworker in the kids ministry. I should not have. My anger was just and things are not being handled appropriately, but that is no excuse for me to vent and blow my cool, which I certainly did. True or not, gossip is wrong. Very wrong. I blew it. I saddened my God and I am fully sorry. I said my apologies and prayed my confession and apology and am now in the restoration shop of God again for some detail work.

The thing is, none of us is perfect. I handle my screw ups/sins way better than I used to, however, and I am thankful to God for that. He helped me meet my imperfections with humility rather than pride. The imperfections almost always originate from pride, so to meet them with humility is the cure. It is the step of repentence back. Humility is beautiful. And anyone who says humility is for sissies has never tried it. It requires far more bravery and strength and energy than base pride. But the results are restorative and glorious.

So I wanted to share that and maybe it can help someone too. God is so very good and full of grace and generous with forgiveness. Praise be the Lord!!!❤❤❤

The Topic of Perfection

I did a search in my Bible app of the word “perfect”. And the three repetitions of God as being perfect was what I blogged earlier. Then I noticed a trend and please check it for yourself. In the Old Testament, God was perfect and the only perfection mentioned was in reference to Him. But then the New Testament spoke of us being perfect through Jesus. So we are to be perfect because when we are saved, God lives in us through the Holy Spirit. Not that we are gods- absolutely, unequivocally not at all but that God can live in us because of Jesus’ sacrifice we accept. Fascinating.