August 22, 2017

How to be perfect…

A friend thanked me the other day for being imperfect. It was one of the best compliments I’ve ever received. Because it meant she saw the real me… the me who stumbles, and who fails. The me who is very much imperfect.

It’s hard sometimes to show the real “us” to others. It can be hard to say “I struggle with that too.” It can be hard to display our weaknesses and our failures.

But you know what?

Christ’s strength is displayed more through our weaknesses, than through our strengths. His power is manifested more through our struggles, than through our achievements.

Consider David. Does anyone in the Bible seem more “real” to you? He bared his soul in his poetry. He shared the sharp pain of betrayal, the agony of feeling alone, the heaviness of continued difficulties.

He wrote of his despair, of “swimming in his tears” and then of feeling like his whole body had “dried up” with all the sorrow. He shared the deep darkness of his depression. He wrote of his sin, how he gave into his lust and committed adultery, and then committed murder in an effort to hide his sin from others. He wrote of the deep grief of guilt, and the heartache of true repentance.

Name an emotion, or a struggle, and you can probably find it in the Psalms. Because David (and the other psalmists) let his “real” heart speak through his poetry. He didn’t try to make himself look good, or put his best side forward.

He was real. He was imperfect. He was human.

But he didn’t exalt his humanness. He didn’t try to be “more imperfect” than anyone else. He was just being honest, and open. He didn’t mind that people saw him as average, or mediocre, or just like everybody else. He wasn’t trying to be the best or the worst of the crowd.

He knew that, in God’s eyes, we are all equally sinful. We are all guilty of breaking God’s holy law. Whether we’ve stolen, or been sexually immoral, told a lie, complained, or had unkind thoughts – we are all sinners by nature. And we are all in need of God’s cleansing on a daily basis.

And that’s why his poetry still speaks to our hearts today. The Psalms feel real to us. They share the same emotions we have today. They speak of the same struggles we know firsthand.

They talk about the messy, and the ugly. They whisper the things we’re afraid to say out loud, the imperfections we’re ashamed to admit.

And yet, through it all, God’s greatness is displayed. No matter what trouble any Psalm starts out with – by the end, God’s name has been exalted and His character has been praised.

Because God is most glorified through our weaknesses. When we can’t go any further, or do any more, on our own – His strength and love are most displayed. When we are in the deepest pits of despair – His love and mercy are most glorious. When we fight the fiercest trials, the sharpest agonies – His peace and His grace are most cherished.

He doesn’t ask for us to be perfect. He just asks for us to be His. <– tweet this

 

QUESTIONS for YOU: What Psalm can you most relate to? What imperfections are you learning to let others see? How is Christ’s strength manifested through your weakness, or His grace displayed through your sinfulness?

 

Need something to read this week? Why not read the Blended Plan with me?
Here’s this week’s schedule:

Monday: Psalm 89-90, 1 Peter 4
Tuesday: Psalm 91-93, 1 Peter 5
Wednesday: Psalm 94-96, Galatians 1
Thursday: Psalm 97-99, Galatians 2
Friday: Psalm 100-102, Galatians 3
Saturday: Psalm 103-104, Galatians 4
Sunday: Psalm  105-106, Galatians 5

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Comments

  1. beautiful redefining of “perfect”!

  2. I love this post. Highlights the depth of emotion found in the Psalms. There are so many that have touched me over the years. But, I guess I would have to say that Psalm 40 is my favorite, “I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.” Amen!

  3. Love this! So thankful for God’s grace in my life.

  4. Love this. My favorite people are the ones who don’t expect me to be perfect or put me up on a pedestal where eventually I WILL fall, same as anyone else.

  5. What a great compliment your friend shared with you, Elizabeth. I like imperfect people who let their weaknesses be a vessel for Christ’s strength to flow though too. Very inspiring post!

  6. Elizabeth, visiting today from Mary Beth’s. Beautiful post. Beautiful words. It is a pleasure to meet you. I am glad I stopped by today. 🙂 Your words really reasonate with me today, this day. They are a gift. So I thank you for them. Your photographs in the banner make me smile. Oh, the lessons we learn from our imperfectness and weakness. Each one teaches. Love the Psalms.

  7. I love this line: “But he didn’t exalt his humanness. He didn’t try to be “more imperfect” than anyone else.”

    I think it’s equally tempting to try to be the most un-together person out there. The one with all the problems. Sometimes, we will put forth any mask to get attention.

    Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday!