Being perfect. It’s a concept usually tied with deeply rooted feelings about our self worth. This Sunday’s sermon on Matthew 5: 43-48 mentioned other Bible verses on the subject (Matthew 5:48, Phil 3:14, 2 Cor 7:1, Ephesians 4:12, Hebrews 10:14, 1 John 4:18), but this one is part of Jesus’ sermon on the mount, which contains so much amazing knowledge.
Our struggles with perfection brings phrases like “no one is perfect, so why even try” plus more famous ones like the following:
- “They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.” Winston Churchill
- “A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.” Albert Einstein
- “I gave up my struggle with perfection a long time ago. That is a concept I don’t find very interesting anymore. Everyone just wants to look good in the photographs. I think that is where some of the pressure comes from. Be happy. Be yourself, the day is about a lot more.” actress Anne Hathaway
- “The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.” artist Eugene Delacroix
This world offers several ways to quantify our self-worth – Facebook likes, grades, financial accounts, etc., but the ultimate way is becoming God’s people. God is the only absolute constant in my life.