(…patiently waiting for the kicker.)
What side were you on? Were you cheering in elation for the Seahawks this past Sunday? Or were you like me: curled up in a ball on the couch, secretly wanting to reach out to give Payton Manning a hug overflowing with encouragement. But to each of these teams, winning football’s game of all games may have made this the “perfect” season. Of course, neither the Broncos nor the Seahawks had perfect stats (both being 13-3), but that didn’t matter. They had arrived—both contenders in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Of course, one team inevitably walks away in defeat. But does that mean the Seahawks achieved hypothetical perfection? Did the Broncos work hard enough, block enough, or focus enough? Either way one thing is certain, both teams have a great deal to be proud of, despite the number of yards, interceptions, and points on the score board.
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So many of us are in search of perfection. Commonly we aim to be “the best” at whatever goal we have our sights set on. At times, we can have such high, unnecessary expectations of ourselves and our lives. Nearly perfect doesn’t always suffice. That one tiny flaw can be impossible to set free. Is the house clean enough? Did I say the right thing? Did I buy the right product for my needs? Did I study hard enough? Did I truly give it my all or did I have more in me to offer? Did I love them enough? Am I enough?
“Don’t let disappointment own you.”
Have you caught yourself dwelling on any of these things? Some concerns are not reflections of your true character. A less than tidy house or subpar product purchase does not speak to your worth or level of achievement. However, some of these concerns are the product of more than just arbitrary desires. Concern for treating others appropriately or our level of effort toward a goal are worthy reasons to pull out our measuring stick. However, all of the concerns mentioned above deserve a different level of attention. That may be a brush off the shoulder; that may be a heart-felt apology. Take a moment to evaluate your revolving thoughts. Ask yourself, is this a true obstacle or a waste of time and energy?
Nothing about any of us is perfect, which is exactly why Jesus sacrificed His life to save ours. Though we may hate to admit it, even upon achieving “the best” in anything, another “best” is right around the corner. Sport accolades will be replaced. New, innovative technology will one day be obsolete. Sales records will be surpassed. There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting extraordinary goals for ourselves; the key is to be satisfied in the end, whether perfection was achieved or not. Thankfully, because of the grace we’ve been given, an imperfect life can still be beautiful.
Because of Him we are enough.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one can boast.”