Dec 9, 2010

We are not Perfect

Why do I feel the need to defend my imperfections ?
We cannot be perfect in whatever we have chosen to do. But we can work hard at it and perform the best we can be. So why worry over what you are not doing right.  Instead, worry how you could do better.

In reading C S Lewis' Screwtape letters, I come to understand a little more about the purpose of our creator.
To fulfill our purpose on earth, we need to make ourselves worthy.
To make ourselves worthy, we need to forget our self.
By forgetting our self, we strive for others and improving their lot.

Truth and honesty is at the basis for all things we do. To others, to ourselves, to God.
What is our motive? Is it self-serving or God-serving? Sometimes the answer may not be so simple or to our liking but it comes down to that fact that we are not perfect and of course, God knows this.

We have weaknesses and our self-consciousness and selfishness keep us from freeing our thoughts totally when speaking to God.
Our temptation is drawn from our inner most wants and 
in Screwtape's(devil) words of instruction to his demon nephew-in-training....
"The simplest is to turn their gaze away from Him towards themselves. Keep them watching their own minds and trying to produce feelings there by the action of their own wills. When they meant to ask Him for charity, let them, instead, start trying to manufacture charitable feelings for themselves and not notice that this is what they are doing. When they meant to pray for courage, let them really be trying to feel brave. When they say they are praying for forgiveness, let them be trying to feel forgiven. Teach them to estimate the value of each prayer by their success in producing the desired feeling; and never let them suspect how much success or failure of that kind depends on whether they are well or ill, fresh or tired, at the moment."

I am not perfect. Accept it. 

4 comments:

  1. Needed to read this. Thank you for posting. Blessings.

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  2. I loved this post, BM!
    Great and thought-provoking.
    Very well said!
    Every time, all time I was a perfectionist.
    I felt I should never lose.
    Eventually though I realized that perfectionism is doing no good but simply increasing up stress levels.
    Thank for sharing!

    B xx

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  3. Boy can I realate to sometimes falling into that trap of defending my imperfections. The Screwtape letters has long been on my top 10 books list.

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  4. I really like this post. No..we aren't perfect and those in our lives who demanded that we be perfect placed a heavy and unreasonable burden on us. Time to face the truth....Your journey...your words inspire me..:)

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