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August 14, 2017

Why Am I Not Perfect?

By: Alina Kanaski [Tucson, AZ]

I can’t believe I haven’t unpacked yet.
I should have been at the library an hour ago.
Why haven’t I finished that assignment already?

Sound familiar? In the past week I’ve thought all these things to myself and about myself. I am willing to give everyone else wiggle room, accepting that they are not perfect and sometimes don’t live up to my standards or theirs. But do I cut myself any slack? No way. Why am I not perfect? Why do I keep making these mistakes? Why can’t I finish my to-do list, or even one simple task?

By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8–9 (NRSV)

“Hey, your room looks pretty good considering you moved in only three weeks ago.” That passing comment jolted me out of my self-criticism. I may not have done as much as I would like, but I’ve gotten things done. I have been trying. I have been working. And yes, I’ve also been taking unnecessarily long breaks and getting absorbed in Netflix and social media; but that’s OK. I don’t have to be perfect. If God can offer me grace, I can offer myself grace. And God’s grace doesn’t depend on how much I do today.

THINK ABOUT IT: For what do you need to offer yourself grace today?

Take The Challenge

Jesus showed compassion. He offered forgiveness. He told the truth. He extended grace and mercy to those who least deserved it. Starting today, look at others through Jesus’ eyes. And see yourself as you really are—wonderfully made by God.

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