You’ve probably heard the old adage, “Perfection is Boring,” but let’s be honest; who would know? Perfection is a myth. It’s a time-consuming, money-sucking, frustrating myth.
No one has ever written the perfect novel, composed the perfect song, painted the perfect painting, sculpted the perfect statue, created the perfect meal, built the perfect home, married the perfect spouse, birthed the perfect child. No one. Ever. The perfect body? I can’t even get the perfect hairstyle or pick the perfect outfit. But that doesn’t stop the madness.
The pursuit of perfection. Yeah. It keeps us up at night. It frustrates the crap out of us. It frustrated the crap out of our kids when we demand it of them. We’ve emptied our bank accounts a few times trying to get a piece of it. Why? It’s not real. It’s a myth. We really need to relax. I don’t need the stress. You don’t need the stress. We need the freedom to still be works in progress. We need the freedom to be improving our skills. We need to allow ourselves the ability to grow. And learn. And fail. And succeed. We need to work on something until it makes us happy. Then we need to share it with someone else and make them happy. It will never be perfect. But it can be interesting. Joyous. An extension of an imperfect you.
When da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa and showed it to God, God smiled and said, “That’s really nice.” And then he stuck it on his refrigerator door… Perfect? Nope. But it’s been really interesting for almost 500 years.
Before some of my Christian brothers and sisters jump on me… Yes, Matthew 5:48 says, “Therefore, you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Three quick thoughts about that:
- Read the entire paragraph. Better yet, read the entire chapter. First, there is the Sermon on the Mount, then it talks about being salt and light, then it talks about how the law can’t save us, then it talks about the condition of our hearts to drive home that part about “the law can’t save us.” THEN it talks about loving your enemies and wraps up with “Therefore, you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” We are talking about love here – the perfect love of God.
- “Perfect” can be defined as “Finished,” “Complete,” “Mature,” “Grown Up.” Defining “Perfect” as “Flawless” is using a very narrow definition, not really indicated in this chapter. But, however we define it, we can only “be perfect” BECAUSE God is perfect. We can’t make ourselves perfect. We are perfected through the finished word of Christ.
- In my post above, I am using the more common, 21st Century definition of “perfect” as “flawless,” not “mature” or “complete” or “finished.”
So relax. Finish things, complete things, grow up, act mature, and above all, love perfectly. But flawless… not going to happen.