Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pondering Perfection (The Rest of My Story - part 2b)

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? 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.


Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

"He died to do what I was dying to do!... The transfusion was transforming" OH. My. Goodness. I love this post. I pulled my two favorite and your absolutely wonderful parts and pasted them at the beginning of this comment. I tend to ponder the brightness of His glory, outshines my shame. His perfection supplies my weakness. Your post was just beautiful!

Lori said...

Wow! Beautiful! Good bible verse choice. Thanks for stopping by my blog. - Lori @ here's a hand

Linda said...

I just finished working on my Bible Study. The lesson for today was about believing what the Father has said about us - that we are made righteous in Jesus - and not looking back at the past.
You have said it so well. It is so freeing to stop trying to do what we can never do on our own and trust in Jesus.

paulak said...

Ahhh! THANK YOU!!!