The way God created everything is perfect. If you just sit and ponder the scope of the world He made, the love He fashioned it with, the fingerprints He left behind in it, it just leaves me speechless. This is why I write. Words flow better onto paper than out of my mouth. But I love sitting out in His creation, feeling every bit a part of His masterpiece, and just ponder His perfection and glory. That is my favorite thing to do. While hiking or rowing a boat or sleeping in a tent or walking. And now that I am older, I also enjoy just sitting and looking at it. Just amazing!😄❤
No one is perfect.
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.
We are not/cannot be perfect.
Only God is perfect.
Point others to Him.
Go to Him.❤
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!❤❤❤
I am not perfect. I don’t know anyone who is. I have gotten to know a lot of people who seem perfect on the outside and are a mess internally or are from a mess. Likewise, I have gotten to know some pretty ridiculously imperfect outwardly and amazingly close to perfection in their moral character and consistently godly thinking. And of course the stereotypes exist, but not one person no matter how good is perfect. And so noone can judge anyone else. And no one else can be our goal of what to be like. The exemption is Jesus. He was God who never sinned in a man’s body and traversed this world without sinning. He told the truth. He taught truth. He loved and healed and served when He had every right to live a very pampered life. He was humble. Imagine that, try to wrap your head around the humility of God to be born a man and not even a high status one, a carpenter’s son. A construction worker. Jesus, God the Son made and fixed things with His adopted dad Joseph. Amazing. And when it came time for His ministry, He obeyed His heavenly Father God and was our perfect sacrifice for our sins and rose to perfection once again. Incredible. So Jesus’ perfection is our goal, our example, our focus. Moreso, His deep love. So leave other people’s sins alone and work with Jesus on forgiving your own and obey Him. He does not demand our perfection without helping us with it every step of the way. People will decide what to do with Jesus now or in the future, just present truth and let them decide. Then work with Jesus on what you can do for Him.❤
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.
If your focus is on perfection, in yourself or others, you will live in constant frustration, defeat, sorrow or insanity. The only perfect One is God, the Holy Trinity. That is it. What He made is good but not perfect, since sin came into this world. What we should expect from others is nothing. Their mistakes and sins/shortcomings are not our responsibility. However, we are very responsible for ourselves. And what we should strive for is excellence. Not perfection, there is a big difference. Perfection is unforgiving, impossible to maintain, unfathomable by a mortal who cannot dictate environmental conditions which must be met for perfection. Excellence, however, is striving for our best, doing it as well as possible with what we have to work with, trying to give those around us every reason in the world to see Jesus through and in us. We have personal responsibility for this and God expects our hearts to be right as we strive for excellence. God does not have unrealistic expectations and knows we must first try a little as babies then try harder as maturing Christians and then strive for excellence with spiritual maturity, motivated by the love God pours into us and for His glory and honor. And there is enormous freedom in accepting person accepting responsibility and humbly forgiving your past as you ask God to also and then doing something about it. This is truth and freedom here so absorb it. Be blessed. Lay down the burden. Strive for excellence one moment at a time and leave perfection to the only One (God) who can be. ❤
Rich Mullins, my favorite singer/songwriter, wrote and sang a song called “Never Picture Perfect” about his family growing up on a farm. I viously I could relate to that. The crux of it was that it never is picture perfect, always hard work, good love and real life and it is beautiful and works. Life is messy. There are no perfect families or people or businesses or anything. But there is great beauty in a whole lot of things and life is beautiful despite its perfection limitations. When you let go of the perfect goal and find contentment in the good and beneficial and workable things or people or whatever, you reach an exquisite level of maturity that defies logic and shoots the legs out of modern theories of happiness. Happiness is a choice. I can focus on the flaws and missing and be debilitated and hardened by it or be just plain annoying or toxic about it or make the very best of the matter, flaws and all, knowing the building of character and resourcefulness covers a multitude of flaws quite well. And that, my friends, is luxurious. ❤