Friday, February 7, 2014

Making Peace with Imperfection

Ok, I admit it. I want a perfect world. I find myself secretly battling my expectation for the world to adhere to 'life according to Amanda's values and preferences.' 'I wouldn't have done it like that,' and 'this is great except..." are statements I hear reverberating in my mind...far...too...often. But this morning I was hit right between the eyes with this...

"Whenever we are attached to having something a certain way, better than it already is, we are, almost by definition, engaged in a losing battle. Rather than being content and grateful for what we have, we are focused on what's wrong with something and need to fix it. When we are zeroed in on what's wrong, it implies that we are dissatisfied, discontent."

This morning, I am desperate to begin the journey toward making peace with imperfection. To choose content and satisfied over irritated and negative. To intentionally see the beauty in the way things already are, to relish every blessing, to notice every good thing, to experience a life that is more full of joy because it is not concerned with always diagnosing the problem.

Even as I write these words, I'm reminded of my own imperfections, my own limitations, and all the ways that, to those around me, I don't and never will measure up...and I find myself so thankful that I serve a God who embraces me anyway, who bears with me through them, and who uses them for His glory.

 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 

2 Corinthians 9-11

My prayer today is that we would have the courage and the self control to make peace with imperfections...the ones that we see around us as well as those we feel within us. Oh God, help us to grant the world the grace you have extended...and to be content with who we are - just perfect in our grace-covered imperfections.


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