Perfection

I started writing a blog almost 3 years ago. I entitled the first post, “1st post” and admitted that I had been “encouraged, persuaded, and slightly coerced” into creating a blog as at the time I was serving at a church where the Media Guy decided it would be a good idea to have all of the staff create a blog to link to the church website. Being one with an inquiring mind, I asked, “why?” He stated it would create an opportunity for us to share our thoughts with people. I informed him I had nothing profound to share, no deep theological mysteries waiting to unfold, and no quotable statements that were so inspiring they would lead the world to a revolution. I was convinced I had nothing of value worth sharing and no one would be interested in ever reading anything I would post on a blog. I was asked to give it a try anyway, and out of obedience and obligation I did as I was requested.

My first post is hardly worth mentioning, and made not one ripple in the pond. My second post had a few readers, but there was no big splash. My third post was very personal and took a lot of courage to post. My blog post did not go viral, I am not even sure anyone shared it, but one young lady commented, one young lady thanked me for saying the words that needed to be heard. By my 4th post, three people had commented. As I wrote more and shared deeper, people thanked me for what was said. I was told the truth behind the words written had encouraged them and they were grateful for what was shared. I eventually went back to the Media Guy and apologized and thanked him. I told him I was reluctant to post, but he was right because I did have words to share and people did care to read them.

I continued to post for a while, sharing what I had. Some posts were spiritual, and some were just fun, some a little of both, but then I stopped. I became so focused on creating dynamic reading material, I talked myself out of posting anything less than perfect, which means I didn’t post anything at all. In my first post I admitted I wanted my first post to be “some deep, thought provoking, eye-opening, post that would revolutionize the lives of every individual who reads it.”

This is what I do, I strive for perfection, and there is nothing wrong with giving my best, but my best will never be perfect, because I am flawed and imperfect and that is okay because we are all imperfect humans living this life together and if I were perfect then I could relate to no one and no one could relate to me. If I were perfect, then I would have no need for God’s grace, forgiveness, and strength, and I would much rather be broken and flawed in the hands of God than perfect without Him. (which in case you were wondering, is not possible).

I don’t really make new years resolutions, that is not the reason I am reviving this blog, I am writing because I need to be reminded I am not perfect, I don’t have to be perfect, and my God loves me and uses me not in spite of my imperfections, but because of them, because in my imperfections, He gets all the glory. So here is to being imperfect so my perfect Father can be seen through me.

(Please forgive any spelling or grammar errors you may notice, I did not re-read this post 10 times to check for errors, it seemed hypocritical.)

 

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8 Comments

  1. Tina said,

    January 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Very nice post…thanks for reminding us that’s OK to not be perfect 🙂

  2. Kathy Jackson said,

    January 8, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Honey, your close enough to perfect for me and I love you more than fried chicken, for those that don’t know me I’m church of God to my bones! Love my neice she is an awesome example if Gods love in action!

  3. Leslie Lopez-Butscher said,

    January 8, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you for posting this. I need to hear this tonight. 😊

  4. Sarah Slaughter said,

    January 9, 2016 at 9:10 am

    You are one of the most beautiful people I have had the blessing of meeting. I say that not for flattery really. I say that with truth. Just as a jet leaves a trail across the sky for all to see, you do too. Only you don’t settle for the straight line, you are the one that writes the message. The message of Jesus. Thank you for not settling for straight lines.

    • January 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      You sound like quite the writer yourself. Those were beautiful words and very vivid imagery. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  5. Berna Tan said,

    January 9, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Hello, from Philippines. Just read your post. I make notes in FB instead and thought no one was reading it because there were no comments. I only learned when someone commented and got blessed by it. Feedbacks are important to the writer and so I just want to tell you, keep posting your thoughts that may challenge or encourage God’s people, even if you don’t see us comment.


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