Practice makes perfect

2 Corinthians 12:9   But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. "Practice makes  perfect".  Did you ever hear your mom or coach tell you this?  Practice makes us more efficient, but never will we be perfect in this life.

To say that I love to sew is an understatement.  I would rather sew than eat.  I have had a great amount of sewing practice-over 35 years.   My sewing skills are far from perfect.  Stitches are still sometimes crooked and have to be ripped out and re-done.   Pattern measurements may not always fit accurately and will require alteration.  Trying to finish a project hurriedly causes inattentive mistakes.  Then, there is the matter of zippers- talk about anxiety producing!  Zippers are tedious and require patience and focused attention and if a zipper is inserted improperly, it is extremely difficult to rip out.

The same can be said about Christian living.  As much as we practice, we will never live perfect lives.  Some things we will mess up on and have to repent and "re-do".  Areas in our lives that do not "fit properly" into God's will, require alterations.  Just like zippers, there are areas of Christian living that require a great amount of patience and detailed attention.

In those areas of weakness in our lives, as we recognize our limitations, we have the opportunity to rely on God for our effectiveness and not on our own energy, efforts or talents.  Our limitations and dependence upon God will strengthen our Christian character, deepen our worship and affirm God's strength.

The only way that we will reach perfection is through Christ.   Accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior will offer us a promise of eternal perfection.  (John 3:16)

About the Author: For nearly seven years, I dealt with bitterness in my heart.  It robbed me of my joy, my inner peace and it strained my relationship with God.  As I sought healing from God from this bitterness, he spoke to me about using my spiritual gifts to reach others and teach about bitterness and forgiveness.  The Sweet Stuff Ministry was born from this healing.  I have a blog at heartstrings4him.blogspot.com and a Facebook page www.facebook.com/thesweetstuffministry, as well as offer motivational speaking to churches and groups.  The vision of the ministry is to reach people that are dealing with bitterness in their hearts.