This week I've pondered perfection from several perplexing perspectives & tho't to publish a few points here:
In all my years of attempting to do something - AnYtHinG .... even JUST ONE THING perfectly, I have never .... not even once(!), ever succeeded. And the few times I've even come close (relatively speaking!) were SO stressful. Exams, first impressions, job interviews, public performances, speeches & the like come right to mind - but there are many more mundane instances too.
While "perfection" may be pretty to look at, attaining & maintaining it is definitely NOT pretty... it's frustrating!, exhausting!, discouraging!, time consuming! Not to mention.... impossible!!!
Perfection is isolating - because perfectionists are intimidating &/or intimidated easily.
With the exception of the precision & perfection I find in creation/nature - which I believe is a reflection of the nature of the Creator, when I do see something, or someone, that's practically perfect, it is almost always in a photo or on TV - & almost always, upon closer inspection, I figure out that it's airbrushed! Photoshopped! Edited!! As I considered this, I tho't more about Holley's question as it relates to "The Rest of My Story"...
Q. What's one little thing that helps you give God the red (redeeming) pen and make peace with who you are?
...it struck me in a fresh new way - that when Christ did this:
Hebrews 10(NIV): ....v14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
....He died to do what I was dying to do! He edited out every bit(!) of my story that I would have loved to edit out myself if I could (& probably more!). I shudder to think of all the red (blood!) my story required in order to make me perfect forever! The transfusion was transforming - to the point that when I received it, I stopped dying & started really living .... & my story was no longer even about me anymore! It's all about Him now (even when I tend to forget that!) from my unique vantage point ..... & tho' it is no less perplexing than any of the others ...... it is definitely the perspective from which I prefer to ponder perfection.
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.