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The Face of Perfection

Matthew 23:23,24 It will be bad for you teachers of the law and you Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You give God a tenth of the food you get, even your mint, dill, and cumin. But you don’t obey the really important teachings of the law—being fair, showing mercy, and being faithful. These are the things you should do. And you should also continue to do those other things. You guide the people, but you are blind! Think about a man picking a little fly out of his drink and then swallowing a camel! You are like that.

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To a greater or lesser extent we each have a plan for how things should go. What’s good, what makes sense, what’s perfect. But some of us … well, some of us can take that a bit too far. Way too far.

I have a confession to make. My natural disposition is to be a perfectionist. Now, that’s something of a double-edged sword. It’s great to set high standards and strive to achieve things –  that’s a good thing – but perfectionists can be a real pain in the neck because they impose their view of what’s perfect on everybody else. They become enforcers of what they think is right. My favourite saying used to be, “It’s so hard to soar like an eagle when you’re surrounded by turkeys”.

You don’t build relationships with that sort of an attitude. You don’t build teams. You don’t tap into the creativity and genius of other people to achieve things that you could never have achieved on your own – in fact, quite the opposite.

Perfectionists can become so focussed on “getting it right”, getting everything right 100% of the time, that they completely miss the point.

Matthew 23:23,24 It will be bad for you teachers of the law and you Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You give God a tenth of the food you get, even your mint, dill, and cumin. But you don’t obey the really important teachings of the law—being fair, showing mercy, and being faithful. These are the things you should do. And you should also continue to do those other things. You guide the people, but you are blind! Think about a man picking a little fly out of his drink and then swallowing a camel! You are like that.

Perfectionism … it doesn’t work. Being fair, showing mercy and being faithful do. These are the things you should do.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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