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Overcoming Our Imperfections
Overcoming Our Imperfections
How can we live a full and meaningful life if we have many imperfections ? What happens when a part of our personality becomes our “thorn in the flesh” ? What are those personal traits that have been source of our heartaches, shame and sufferings ? Or those things we consider hindrances to our progress ? Here are some of our imperfections.
One of these is physical. One’s height can sometimes be considered a liability. You want to be a basketball player, but you have been disqualified because you are not that tall. You want to be a commercial model but you physical look is not qualified. You want to be a singing diva but your voice is not that good. Many people think that their physical deformities are hindrances to attaining their ambition.
Another imperfection can be mental. We usually measure a person by his IQ. You may want to be a successful engineer someday, but if you have poor mathematical ability, it will be difficult for you to reach your dream career.
One common cause of concern is that also of your social position. Are you popular? Does your personality have an appeal to the masses . Do you have a perfect communication skills ?
Do you have a great spiritual downfall ? Are there temptations or sinful habits you cannot overcome ? Is there a past sin that continually haunt you ?
The Christian’s Answer to Personal Imperfections
A Changed Situation Through God’s Help
God helps people to be their better versions. God does not want you to be just like another person. God does not want you to imitate another person. What God wants is for you to improve and show the better version of yourself.
Jesus grew up in favor with God for his spiritual growth and in favor with men for his social growth. The Lord modeled for us the perfect and balanced growth for a person – physical, mental, social and spiritual. And Christians are to be like Christ. We must also grow spiritually, physically, mentally and socially without offering any excuses.
If during your childhood you have tantrums, when you grow into adulthood, you must mellow down and become more gentle and meek. If you have a resentment against your neighbor for almost ten years already, it is just high time to settle the differences and make peace with your neighbor. Don’t wait for another ten years for that resentment to continue to reside in your heart.
We should grow up and learn to accommodate other people. We have to lessen our internal strifes that cause ailments to our body. God enables those who are willing to be changed.
A Changed Value Through Repositioning
If you think that you are not valuable in your current place, then it is time to reposition yourself.
We have to reposition ourselves if we are not making any progress in the place where we are currently positioned. Nothing great is happening in our life or career because we are in a wrong place. Maybe our profession is not suited to the talent God gave us. Maybe you are not cut out to do the things you are doing that’s why your worth is not improving. So we should continue to improve our value through repositioning. We call that “career shift”.
By Focusing On our Strength
We have to position ourselves in the right place, We must learn to discover our strengths, our talents, our gifts and focus on utilizing our talents for our maximum potential for the glory of God. God wants us to have a full life, to have a fruitful and meaningful life and we can do that by focusing on our strength.
By Compensating for Our Weaknesses
It is said that, “ To accept the things that you cannot change anymore is a step higher towards your happiness.” We cannot change truths about our weaknesses, but we can mold our attitude toward this unpleasant reality. We cannot change the fact that we do not have a good singing voice, but we can be good in academics. We cannot change the reality that we are not a good painter, but we can be a good writer.
Our weaknesses can be our strength if we will humble ourselves before God and acknowledge these weaknesses before Him. Let us entrust our weaknesses to God so that we will find help and comfort. The more that we are lacking in knowledge, ability, educational background , the more that we should seek the help of God so that we can achieve more inspite of our shortcomings. There are times that our weaknesses are the one that will lead us closer to God. Thorn in the flesh keep us humble and grounded. Whatever our imperfections are can turn out to be a blessing if we are going to surrender these things to God.
A Changed Value System
We have to cease from relying only on the value system set by the world. More than anything else we have to base our value system upon the standard of God. We must not only consider the physical looks or the economic vale of a person, we must also consider the character, virtues and spiritual values. Our minds must be renewed . We must stop conforming with the world and its system. We must measure everything according to the standard of God. We will only be frustrated and disheartened if we will continue relying on the standard set by the world. In the eyes of the world, it is the rich, the beautiful, the popular, the powerful who will gain edge to succeed in this life. But in the eyes of God, it is the nobility of character and virtues that really count.
We must value more our character and virtues much more than our physical characteristics, for our virtues and character are more valuable to God . We should put a lot more importance in our hearts and in our spirits because it is more important to be pleasing in the eyes of the great and awesome God of the universe. We should rather choose to please God more than any person in this world. The most important thing in this life is not to be successful in the eyes of this wicked world, but to be holy and upright in the eyes of the Holy God.
Let us surrender our imperfections to God. We have to accept ourselves completely including our imperfections . We have to live with ourselves. It is important to thank God for what He has allowed us to have and what God in His infinite wisdom has decided that we should not have. Let us continue to trust His perfect wisdom.
This hub is an excerpt from the book “Kulang (Nobody’s Perfect “ by Pastor Ed Lapiz.