I'm technically two days behind on keeping up with this series, and I can't tell you how much that bothers me. But it's perfect, because it hits on a fear that I've been processing through and encountering as I talk with others.
I think people live for the fulfillment of this word more than they realize or care to admit.
When we fail, we're crushed.
When we succeed, we're elated.
But we never stay at that level of elevation.
If I'm honest, I fail more than I succeed. I fall on my face time and time again, yet I get back up thinking that perfection is still attainable.
But in the words of good ole Hannah Montana, nobody's perfect.
James says it better:
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man.
James is talking about stumbling with speech and why many will not become teachers, but I think we can all agree that we've stumbled at least once in life (dare, I say more than once?).
We will never be perfect, so why do we fear imperfection? Why do we crave being perfect?
Ultimately, if we're fearful of imperfection and longing to be perfect, we're putting our worth in our own efforts and works.
And we were never meant to find our worth in those things, because we will all stumble. Our efforts and our works will fail us.
So is there hope when we crave perfection or fear imperfection?
There is, but that hope is found through faith in the only perfect One, Jesus Christ.
We'll look at how his perfection frees us from the fear of imperfection tomorrow.
This post is part of a 31 day series called Faith > Fear. You can read all of the posts in the series here.
Shalom! I'm Madi, a laughter-loving, movie-going, spontaneous-dancing, follower of Christ. Join me as I seek glimpses of God's grace in the ordinary and everyday.
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