Perfection or Perfectionist?

Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” –Matthew 5:48.

Michelangelo once stated, “Trifles make perfection—but perfection is no trifle.”

That is why so many people settle for mediocrity. It appears to be the road of least resistance.

In my book, The Perils and Parables of Pastor Preechet, when it comes to hiring a secretary, that road of least resistance was tried and proven.

Although the book does not address the “why’s” of their hiring practices, it implies that it is much cheaper to hire one of our own with limited skills than someone from the general job market, where the demand is for much higher pay.

What the church board sees as a credible job, Pastor Preechet sees as incompetence. He notes that a secretary is the first face of the church.

Typographical and spelling errors, grammatical issues, formats and more tend to glare into the eyes of the recipients, diverting their attention away from the intended message.

Such hiring decisions take the observer straight to the bottom line: The job was not important enough to ensure competency. You don’t have to examine the books to see it.  You already saw it in the latest church newsletter, the bulletins and the correspondence.

Conversely, try as you will, you will never find a perfect fit for any job. But there is one maxim in all of this that we all should give heed. We should search out people who know how to strive for perfection.

Jesus said, “Be perfect as I am perfect.” Why would He say this when there is not a soul upon the face of the earth that can measure up to His command?

Jesus command has nothing to do with our perfection, but His. It is when we invite the presence of the living Christ into the core center of our lives that we begin to understand how our perfection is possible.

It is coming to the place where, like the Apostle Paul stated, “It is no longer I, but Christ who lives in me.”

Our assignment is to let God be God in our lives through Jesus and to strive for perfection in all that we do. We are to approach the trifles, take them and fit them together in much the same fashion as we put a jigsaw puzzle together.

If you try to be a perfectionist, you will fail. But if you fully open your heart to Jesus, you will have his presence with you at all times, as He points out the pieces that fit together.

Best wishes to you as you commit to be perfect, even as Jesus is perfect, and may He go with you wherever you go!

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