Tuesday, September 06, 2005



We Don't Have to Be Perfect

So what is it that makes us try? Why are we convinced that the world will end if we screw up? It won't. And yet still, we push ourselves to be perfect friends, perfect workers, perfect Christians, perfect, perfect, perfect. And then the downfall, when we inevitably screw things up and prove ourselves decidedly not perfect. Again.

So what? Show me a human who never made a mistake and I'll show you Jesus. The rest of us can never hope to live up to Him. I'm not saying we shouldn't try to be as Christlike as possible. Just ease up a bit. The world will still go around if there's a few typos in your blog or a few stray meals in your car. Easier said than done, I know. But we're only human after all.

And you know what? God still loves us even when we get things wrong. Cause if He didn't, He wouldn't have anyone that He could. Fix your mistakes when you can, but after you've done that, let go of it. What's the point of making yourself miserable, there are so many more fun things you can do with your life!

16 Comments:

At 9/06/2005 07:48:00 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

Thanks for this post Nettie. I think it is something I needed to hear. God bless.

 
At 9/06/2005 07:56:00 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

AWESOME POST! You are so right on! Why do we do this to ourselves? I think people need to be reminded of this more often. Hey I just noticed for the first time that you work at Bath & Body works! I love that place! Moonlit Path is my fave.

 
At 9/06/2005 08:17:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Amen Nettie! A very timely and encouraging post!

GBYAY

 
At 9/06/2005 10:12:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Great reminder, my dear.

Now, exactly what kind of "stray meals" are in Harvey as of this moment?

 
At 9/06/2005 10:43:00 PM, Blogger Cindy-Lou said...

Nettie, that was such a great post! It reminds me of a Bible study I did a few years ago on grace, as opposed to works. I learned no matter how hard I try, I'll never be "Christ-like", perfect as you wrote about. But, allowing Him to live through me WILL make me like Him...
Awesome post, chickee!
Cindy (and hopefully this comment won't vanish into thin air like so many of mine have lately...)

 
At 9/06/2005 11:31:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Ahhhhh.. Miss Nettie Bell...Jesus Christ is the only perfect one. All we can do is our best and ask for forgiveness when we don't. The Lord knows our hearts. We repent and keep going. The trick is to endure to the end.

 
At 9/07/2005 12:59:00 AM, Blogger Rodman said...

I don't consider myself religious but I completely agree with you. We are humans after all. We shouldn't expect ourselves and others (of course) to be perfect by any standards. Loving ourselves and others is one big pillar of happiness.

 
At 9/07/2005 07:19:00 AM, Blogger Jayleigh said...

Nettie my dear, you are absolutely correct! Thank you for this MUCH needed reminder.

Now I remember where I have seen your blog-skin before... on Chameleon. But I followed you here from a comment on David's blog.

Have a great week and take care!

 
At 9/07/2005 10:54:00 AM, Blogger Sherpa said...

Sometimes we forget that although we should live each day to its fullest, its also a marathon.

 
At 9/07/2005 11:04:00 AM, Blogger Natalia said...

I am happily flawed :)

-N

 
At 9/07/2005 01:51:00 PM, Blogger Tink said...

Hey! What you talking about girl? I am perfect. I am a perfect slob, a perfect loser, a perfect bad example. I do everything to perfection. It's just others opinions that my perfection isn't the same as their perfection. I guess I lost it in the translation.
And hey, when it comes to Jesus, I am the perfect sinner that he died for. Thank heavens for that.

 
At 9/07/2005 02:13:00 PM, Blogger Sweetie Guy Hutchinson said...

I always keep a slice of cheese in my glove compartment, in case I get hungry whille driving.

My word verification word was:
WSCVBRBA

I define it as:
the part of ones shoe that is of the same material as the sole, but is on the side of the shoe and thus not actually part of the soul.

Excample: "I stepped in something! I need to clean it off the soul of my shoe and the WSCVBRBA.

 
At 9/07/2005 02:33:00 PM, Blogger Lightning Bug's Butt said...

That's good to read, because I sure have made some fumbles in my day!

 
At 9/07/2005 06:34:00 PM, Anonymous Stacy said...

Tipos n r bloggs? nO; wee dunt du tat!!!

If your goal is perfection than you'll never be happy.

Nice post Nettie.

 
At 9/07/2005 07:49:00 PM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

most days i just do what i can to get by, it's those not most days that i have a problem with!

 
At 2/20/2006 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous open365dayz said...

Hi #NAME#. Just found your site via insurance. Although I was looking for insurance I was glad i came upon your site. Thanks for the read!

 

Post a Comment


Cleverly Disguised As A Responsible Adult!

<< Home