I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward— to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:12-14 (MSG)
Going through the motions doesn’t please You, a flawless performance is nothing to You. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. Psalm 51:16-17 (MSG)
Let's face it, we're all after a piece of perfection... a perfect job, a perfect career, a perfect family, a perfect image. So many of us grow restless in our pursuit of perfection, only to find ourselves exhausted and unsatisfied. Why? Because we were never made to pursue it. Right now, I'm learning that we were made to pursue excellence, not perfection. And there's a big, big difference between these two things.
“To strive for excellence means to do our best, and to be content to leave the rest for God; to strive for perfection means that we aren’t ever truly satisfied with the results of something that we do.
To strive for excellence means to live in contentment and peace, knowing that God is pleased because You are working for Him, and doing your best.
To strive for perfection means to live in frustration, and to have sleepless nights because of fear of mistakes.
To strive for excellence means to humbly depend on God for our abilities, strength, and results, and to give Him glory. To strive for perfection means to begin to believe that we are responsible for our own gifts and successes, that we are self-sufficient.”
The good news is that the Good News was never written for those who have it all together, all the time. Life is far from perfect and we can’t control everything. God knows this. We need to know this too. God is teaching me that my life is actually less about me, and more about what He is doing in my life. Where I am imperfect, God proves that He alone is perfect. Where I am weak, He proves to be strong.
Despite our flaws, we can be confident that we stand complete and perfect in the eyes of God. One thing I have to keep reminding myself is that He isn’t looking for perfection, only faithfulness. Little much is when God is in it. When we place our imperfect lives in His hands, we enable Him to do excellent things in and through it.
We might not ever have freedom from all of our faults, but through God we can experience freedom despite our faults! We can revel in the truth that though life isn't perfect, He is. You might not have it all together, but don’t be so hard on yourself. God isn’t calling you, or anyone around you, to a standard of perfection.