Often we are told that as hard as we try we will never be perfect in this life, but it is my personal belief that we achieve perfection many times throughout our life. Why would God give us a commandment we couldn’t keep; when in the Bible we are told numerous times to be perfect? Notice in Matthew chapter 5 that it does not say to become perfect but rather, to be perfect.
If we could not achieve perfection in this life, why would it say in Genesis 6:9 that Noah was perfect? I think of my daughter when I held her for the first time, and how perfect she seemed. It is my personal belief that God does not create anything imperfect, that we enter this world perfect and every time that we align our will with God’s–remembering who we are in a sense–that is when we are once again returning to our perfection.
Those moments when we are participating in random acts of kindness for another human being and we feel our heart might burst, those moments when we are in the presence of a child and they seem to display love in the most perfect way, and those moments when we forgive another person or let go of negative feelings; those are moments that I believe we are being perfect just as God created us to be!
I guess if you are referring to the definition “without flaw” when referring to perfect, then we really aren’t perfect. But it is also mentioned many times in scripture that “His way is perfect,” my personal definition of perfect is anytime we are following in God’s way and trying to be like Jesus Christ. So lift your chin up and breathe a sigh of relief, you are more perfect than you think!
Month of Perfection
When I was in college I remember doing a challenge called “The Month of Perfection.” We had 3 areas that we were to be perfect in everyday: scriptures/prayer, exercise, and a random act of kindness. I decided that this is something I want to do again now that I have a little family, and I feel this is a perfect way to add little “moments of perfection” into our day! “Practice makes perfect!” Isn’t that what we are always told? If that’s the case then let’s practice being in a state of perfection as much as possible, and what better way to do that than to spend a whole month focusing on having God a little more in our life. And isn’t February the month of Love? What a perfect time to start! If you start in February, remember that February 4th is “Thank a Mailman Day,” and February 17 is “National Acts of Kindness Day!” Please come back and share your ideas and experiences, I’d love to read them! Also, inspire others to join you in kind acts by leaving Pay it Forward Printables everywhere you do a kind deed!
So if you’d like to join our family and do this with us, I have made a couple of planning sheets to make things easier. At first I was tempted to make a calendar that already has an act of service listed for everyday, but I feel that would take way from the spontaneity of it. Often times if we have eyes that are watching for opportunities to love and serve others we will find that opportunities will arise, and sometimes in miraculous ways. That is why I just made a list of ideas for days that I may be in a rut and just need an idea on hand. I also made a separate list of service ideas especially for kids, and a daily planning sheet if you like to plan out your day. There is also a spot on the daily planning sheet for writing about your thoughts/experiences. If interested in a more general daily planning sheet, go here.
Exercise: Remember not to make this too complicated or too hard to achieve. Since this is an everyday thing focus on things that are really fun and simple, especially on days that are extra busy: take the stairs instead of the elevator, have a short dance party, do a few push-ups, push the vacuum around the house, or laugh extra hard one day. The point is to do something everyday and to feel accomplished for doing it, not to feel guilty that we didn’t get out and run for 45 minutes! If you’re needing some ideas, here’s an article on 15 ways to exercise in under five minutes. What are some creative ways that you get some exercise on a busy day?
Random Acts of Service Printables
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So who’s in for the challenge?