Now, as someone whose picture appears under the headline “Not the Perfect Mom” week after week, I’m sure you can understand how I might be interested in perfection. In fact, I struggle with it constantly. That’s why I made it the name of my column, to remind me that I don’t have to be perfect to find favor in God’s eyes. You see, the concept of perfection haunts me like a bad haircut, it stares me in the face daring me to admit that I am afraid of my imperfections. Well, in order to conquer fears we must first face them and see them for what they really are. So what does it mean to be perfect?
According to Dictonary.com perfect means: 1. conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type, 2. excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement, 3. exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose.
OK, confrontation time, am I able to conform completely to the ideal type of mom; especially if there IS no ideal type of mom? No, of course I can’t! Can I reach a state of “complete beyond improvement”? Uh… NO! Can I exactly fit a need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose? Sure sometimes. But certainly not for all needs or all purposes!
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 says “Concerning this thing (Paul’s thorn in the flesh) I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. What are your weaknesses and how has God’s strength been made perfect in them?
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