Success or Perfection

In life, we have to make a decision sometimes: do you want to be successful or do you want to be perfect? Do you want to pursue success in your life – your relationships, your marriage, your career, your walk with the Lord? Some people commit themselves to the pursuit of perfection and then they miss being successful. Some people over-invest in a project, task, or goal, wanting it to be perfect. They work on it and attempt perfection, but end up forfeiting a successful outcome due to their perfectionist tendencies. We all want to be successful, and to be successful means we don’t always have to be perfect. The closest a person ever comes to perfection is when they fill out a job application. Sometimes it makes the employer wonder why they are even applying for the job that they are.

In life, there really is no such thing as perfection. How many perfect spouses are out there today? How many perfect parents? There are no perfect Christians. There’s a false concept that in order for it to be blessed by God, it has to be perfect. Now, granted, there are some things in life worth striving for perfection, whether you’re designing a car, performing a surgical procedure, or on a military mission. These are situations where people’s lives are depending on things being flawless. In all true successes, there is a measure of perfection.  The opera singer attempts to hit every note perfectly. A gymnast wants to get as close to a 10 as possible. In life, we want to get to a 10, the best of our ability. Who wants to be a 1 or a 2?

I love what A. J. Gordon said: “I would rather aim at perfection and fall short of it than aim at imperfection.” We are striving to be the very best we can be at home, at work, at church, and in life. Remember, God calls us to be faithful more than he calls us to be successful. Ultimately, if you are faithful in God’s eyes, you will be successful over time.

John Hayward said, “He who is faultless is lifeless.” When I read scripture, I find that real people are talked about in the Bible. These are real people that had real lives with real challenges and they made real mistakes. The truly successful ones in the Bible weren’t people who never made mistakes. Moses killed an innocent man. David killed an innocent man. Paul, when he was Saul, was responsible for the deaths of Christian men, women, and children.  These are some of the most respected men in the Bible and they committed some horrible sins. Yet, their faith and lack of perfection didn’t stop them; it later propelled them when they realized what they had done and repented for it. They became powerhouses for God. He who is faultless is lifeless. If you are going to strive to be your best in life, you are going to come up short from time to time. You will experience failure and setbacks. What separates the winners from the losers is that the losers never try again, but the winners pick themselves back up with God’s help, and go at it again until they get it done.

While watching tv, I heard someone say, “You’re living but you’re not alive.” That’s a powerful thought.  So many people are living, but they’re not alive. I hope you are not simply existing, but you are “alive”! Be alive to the hopes, dreams, and vision God has for your life, and be alive to all the opportunities you have when seeking His kingdom and righteousness. Go out and have a great week!

You are God’s best!

Carl

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