The Pursuit of Perfection

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No one is perfect. Except Jesus. We are all broken. We all have great areas of weakness.

God created us on purpose that way so our dependence would be upon Him.

Ann Voscamp wrote, “Motherhood is a calling to come closer, not a command to be more.”

It’s not about being better, stronger, or more. It’s about getting closer, coming nearer, leaning more heavily on our God. He is better. He is stronger. He is more. He is our Power Source.

Being in His presence always changes us. Changes our outlook. Reminds us that God is God and we are not. Prayer puts everything we encounter in perspective. Clears the fogginess in our minds.

When we have a right view of God, we will have a right view of everything else–including ourselves.

I want to be an awesome mom, wife, friend, person–but I never seem to measure up. Then when I don’t meet my own expectations, or the expectations of what I feel others have of me–I get discouraged. But the Lord is showing me that I have got to stop striving for perfection.  I need to lean in, get closer to my perfect God. He knows I’m not perfect and never will be on this side of heaven.

It’s time that we stop acting like we are perfect and have it altogether. It’s time to get real. Real with God. Real with ourselves. Real with others. Me be me. You be you. God be God. And then let God be God in us. 

He wants to be the perfection in me! He wants to be the perfection in you!

It’s only when we come to the end of ourselves and allow God to step in take over, that the miracle happens. He infuses our weakness with His strength. He takes our little and makes more. He takes our best and makes it better than we could have ever imagined. And the best part of all–He gets all the glory!

That’s when people look at us and SEE HIM!!!

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

That’s the goal. That’s it!  See, this life was never about us. It’s not our story to write. It’s His story. He’s the main character. It’s all about Him! Anything we do of any good or worth only comes from Him anyway. Look at what the people said about Peter and John in Acts chapter 4.

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13

The people saw their courage. They realized they were unschooled–ordinary men. They were astonished and took note.

Took note of what?

That these men had been with Jesus.

These men had been with Jesus!

Oh, that the same would be said of us! May people look at our lives with astonishment and take note.

Take note that yes, we are weak!

Yes, we might be unschooled!

Yes, we are quite ordinary!

But YES, we have been with Jesus!

May everything we are and everything we do point others to Him–our one and only perfect God!

“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

We need to stop striving to be perfect and start striving to know a perfect God. May HE be our pursuit of perfection.

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