Perfectly Imperfect

There is something beautiful about a sincere, genuine acknowledgement of imperfection.  The fact that we all are imperfect should not take away from the standard of perfection.  It should not prevent us from aspiring to become of perfect character, that is to possess the “fruit of the spirit” qualities: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

There are two unhealthy expressions of imperfection worth noting.

The first is when being imperfect leads to “throwing in the towel” and conceding that one will never improve.  This often results in depression.  That attitude is unfortunate and untrue.  Any behavior can be changed when one understands the six sources of influence working against them.

The second is when one’s imperfection leads to insecurity, which is then masked by an overbearing ego.  These are the people who are hard to take.  The ones with whom establishing a good relationship with is very challenging.  These people misinterpret and misuse strength.  They have low empathy and lack emotional intelligence, which leads to an overarching need for, and exercise of, control of others.  However, don’t be intimated by these bullies as they are the weakest kid on the playground.

The perfect perspective of imperfection is to know that you were created to be loved by God.  The most important thing you can do in life is to love him back, get to know him and have a relationship with him.  When you do that, you can feel secure and beautiful in your imperfection, and your life will have purpose.  You will never again have a problem with low self-esteem or insecurity.  You will live to satisfy him and nobody else, including your ego.

In Hosea 6:6, God says, “I don’t want your sacrifices, I want your love; I don’t want your offerings, I want you to know me.”

He wants you to be perfectly imperfect.

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