“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” — Matthew 5:48 (KJV)
Striving For Perfection
Peyton Manning was, without question, one of the greatest quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen. I’m sure you have heard of how he diligently studied film and went the extra mile to better himself and his team’s chances at victory. If you were to ask him if he planned to throw interceptions, the obvious answer would have been no. He had no desire to throw a pick and give the opposing team the ball. His desire and his aim was perfection. To complete every pass. To hit every receiver in stride. To score on every drive.
As Christians, our desire should also be perfection. Now, we know that isn’t possible, just like we knew that Manning, prior to retiring in 2016, would throw an interception or an incompletion. But did he quit trying? No. Usually you would see him looking at photos after a play to see what happened if everything didn’t go as planned, and he learned from each mistake.
Even though perfection will never happen, our desire should be to get as close as we can and keep striving to better ourselves. Though we don’t plan to sin, we have a loving Father who forgives us each time we do. However, our aim should be not to sin and not to allow the enemy to pick us off.
Don’t give up trying to be perfect just because perfection is unlikely. Strive to be the best you can, and learn from your mistakes going forward.
— Jason Belcher
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