One of our avid readers, Sarah Smith*, has submitted three articles that we will share with you over the course of the next few weeks on the topic of “perfection”.
By: Sarah Smith
I have no idea how many posts will come out of my ‘series’ but I have decided to focus on PERFECTION. In particular, my strive for perfection…perfect kids, perfect house, perfect life. The definition of perfection is “the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.” Notice how even the definition itself gives us an out – ‘as free as POSSIBLE’?!
Here’s a spoiler – in my strive for perfection, I found it right where Paul said I would – in God! His power is made perfect through, in, because of, in spite of, MY weakness!
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 “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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
As I walked along the beach collecting seashells, I was with someone who only wanted to pick up the “perfect” shells. You know the ones; perfectly whole – curved at the top and maybe even both sides still attached to each other. The broken ones were left on the sand. I started only picking up the ones that were ‘whole’ as well but then began including the broken pieces too (I was drawn to them, the colors seemed more vibrant and attractive) And then, I had this thought, “What if God only wanted perfect people?” For a moment, that thought scared me. Of course I was immediately comforted by the fact that God sent His son, Jesus, who was the only perfect one, to die for our sins so we don’t have to be perfect. Thank you, God!!
So, now, I face a world full of imperfect people (my family, my friends, my community, my nation and world), being imperfect myself, and God wants me to guide them to His perfect Son. That’s what being a disciple (parent, wife, friend) is all about. That is what we are all called to do – to show His love to all people, especially when they are feeling broken. They/We are the ones who need Him the most. We all need God so that we may be made whole again one day when we reside with Him in heaven.
Dear Lord, help me be an example of what your perfect love can do. Help me to show it to all people who I meet each and every day. Thank you for loving me even though I am broken. Thank you for showing me your perfect power!
*Sarah Smith and her husband Brian have been married for almost 19 years. She is joyfully surviving being the mom of two teenage boys (17 year-old Fisher and 15 year-old Carter) and one pre-teen girl (10 year-old Lydia). She chooses to remain in denial that anyone will be leaving the nest anytime in the near future but has noticed that just when she thinks she’s reached the best years – it gets even better! Digital scrapbooking those memories has become her favorite thing to do.