This has to be perfect.

                      What does pre–
    Perfect, what does perfect mean?

Perfect is just perfect.
Is just perfect as it should be.

                    But what is…
Perfect is what is needed.

Yes, perfect is needed and wanted.
                                   Needed and wanted?

Why is perfect needed and wanted?

It is yes. Yes is perfect.

   But why?
Why is perfect needed and wanted?

Perfection is excellent, beautiful, complete, enough.
Yes, perfection is amazing.

                             And me?
And you what?
 Am I….

Are you perfect?
                             Yeah.                   Am I Perfect?

“Even now,” says the Lord, “Turn and come to Me with all your heart [in genuine repentance], With fasting and weeping and mourning [until every barrier is removed and the broken fellowship is restored]; Rip your heart to pieces [in sorrow and contrition] and not your garments.” Now return [in repentance] to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness [faithful to His covenant with His people]; And He relents [His sentence of] evil [when His people genuinely repent].

Joel 2:12-13 AMP

Happy Mothers’ Day!

My mom spoke a message on the lies of perfection and a scene from a movie I watched kept replaying in my mind this week. It showed how that seed of lies grows and grows, into a thorny vine choking us and paralyzing us from doing anything, from living. I have seen kids cry and break down because they messed up on a picture or in a game, but they were so distraught about how ruined and unperfect it was, they couldn’t even tell me what was wrong with it. Sometimes they can, but what they see and what I see are two totally different things. Sometimes all they see is the mistake, but I see a solution or something amazing we can add on. Sometimes, it is just a mess-up and that’s okay. It’s not ruined and it wasn’t perfect before either.

One definition of perfect is to be complete.

With things constantly changing in our lives, it can be hard to be and stay complete. And that’s the point. Being perfect is (nearly) impossible to do on our own or with other (unperfect) people’s help. We need something that is perfect to help us. We need God.

God completes us and He will give us the people, things, or whatever else we need to continually complete us as we change through this ever-changing life. And He is not seeking for us to come to Him perfectly. As Joel says, He wants us torn at the heart, willed and waiting to be mended. He wants our trust so that He can carry us to the perfection He so carefully designed for us, for you. We don’t have to break ourselves to be perfect. We just have to accept our brokenness and wait for the perfect God.

So as you celebrate this day of mothers’ however you do, try not to do it (or anything else) perfectly. Do it with God.

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