Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Is anyone really perfect?
My husband and I have this joke between us,as do our friends.We say,"Its a shame everyone isn't as perfect as we are." It is really easy to point out others faults and mistakes,but we really dont want to see ours. We don't really like looking in the mirror as humans,but we enjoy others in the spotlight and being judged. In our world now, we strive for perfection in all areas of our lives. We strive for it as parents,as workers, and wow,do we strive for perfection in the way we look. The other day while watching a television show,there was a woman who took four hours a day to get ready with her hair and make-up. If she was going to go out for the evening,it was four more hours. That is eight hours out of her day trying to get ready and look perfect. We have our noses fixed, we have liposuction, we have plastic surgeries of all kinds,lifting, tucking, and redoing. We spend so much on make-up, hair coloring,our nails. We are a nation that is obsessed with how we look. Why? Who and why are we trying to impress others? I can fall into this catagory also as I color my red hair blond in the summer and brown in the winter,not being really happy about the red. Although I do not take over forty-five minutes to get ready for anything,I spend alot on my Mary Kay,gotta have the Mary Kay. Today,its all about the look. That is a lie that we have been told since children. Real, true beauty comes from the inside,not the out. We strive for perfection not only for ourselves,but so others can say,wow,"Take a look at how much effort Judy puts into her job." We love compliments, we love for people to say,"You are looking fine today!" Why do we place our eyes upon ourselves so much? If we are placing so much on our perfection,where is Christ in our lives, and do we really need Him if we are so perfect? I have an answer for that. No one is perfect,except Christ. We are all sinners, and no matter how much we try to be perfectionists we are never going to be perfect. Its those little imperfections that make us who we are. If its that mole on your cheek, your crooked tooth, that little extra you have in the trunk, or your freckles from head to toe. God made you just the way you are, for His glory and for His purpose. We are all created in His image, and isn't that a wonderful, humbling thought? We will never be perfect moms,that is what I strived for so much, and it cost me. We cannot be perfect christians,there is no such thing,and it isn't a competition for Christ's love. It isn't who we are,what we do, or what we look like. He loves us no matter what. That love doesn't change if we change the way we look, or if we try to be in the perfect crowd,having all the pretty friends. We so often see these beautiful family portraits, we have one,but just because that photo may appear perfect,our family is far from it,just as others are. I have an awesome friend,and others who have seen her with her children had the image that her little family was perfect in every area. She will laugh right along with me,when I tell you its not perfect.No ones family is,we all have stories,we all have pain along with our struggles. We don't have to be perfect before Christ. Only Christ is perfect,we can do our best,but we will never make perfect no matter what we have done. "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified."Galations 2:20 If we want to accomplish what Christ has for us, we have to die to ourselves daily. "The mighty One, God the Lord, has spoken and called the earth from the rising sun to its going down. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth." Psalm 50:1-2 When we choose to die to ourselves, not living for our selfishness,and allow Christ to live in us,and through us,then and only then will His beauty shine forth before all the world to see. We must live so that the world is not seeing us,but they are seeing Him through us. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and our beauty lies within God and His glory.Nothing we do can make us perfect, nor can we do anything to add to our beauty on the outside. If God is not shining through,and His beauty is not being seen,then just what is the point?