If you have spotted me driving around the past few days, smiling, with earbuds in, it’s more than likely I have been listening to Stephen Guise’s new book “How To Be An Imperfectionist”.
When someone claims they are a “perfectionist” it’s usually said with the same tone a beautiful model might confess, “My lips are just so full, I go through too much lipstick.”
We might sound like we’re confessing a character flaw, while in reality we are just “under-bragging“. – Is that a “thing”? Can’t keep up with what the kids are saying these days.
Unfortunately, instead of leading you to fulfillment, “perfectionism” is keeping you unhappy, unfulfilled, and unproductive. When we have “perfect” as our goal – it’s impossible to ever be pleased with ourselves or to please others.
“No one is perfect – well, except Jesus of course…”
That’s what I said. But then I thought about it for a while. Yes. Jesus IS God. He lived a morally perfect life – otherwise He couldn’t have been our replacement on the cross (see the video on the bottom of the page). But the very act of Jesus coming to earth as man was an act of embracing “imperfectionism”. He laid His own glory aside and became a stinky man for 33 years.
Do you think Jesus’ life was a life of “perfection” the way you and I usually define it?
Do you think the first chair he built with his earthly father Joseph was “perfect”? He had to learn to read, write, stand, go to the bathroom. Our Perfect God, embraced the imperfectionism of humanity because of His great love for us.
Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
What Jesus had was perfect love, not perfect abs. He had perfect obedience, not perfect hair. He lived perfect humility not perfect fat to muscle ratio.
Yes. Jesus was perfect, but where it mattered. And because of the cross He gave us his same perfection – something none of us deserve. So, as much as I enjoy seeing someone lose weight, or launch their own business, or achieve a goal, those things are unable to bring you any closer to being “perfect”. Those things are fun but they don’t add ultimate value to who you are as a person. Jesus did that for you.
You aren’t more loved or special now that you’re skinny. Fat you was just as awesome and wonderful as bikini you.
Let’s stop striving to be “perfect” outwardly and let Jesus continue to do the real perfecting where it counts. In our hearts.
If you’re wondering, here’s a 6 minute look at what Jesus did on the cross for us.