“We Can’t All Be Perfect”

November 16, 2011

We need to go back to the basics in our Christian marriage.  The Lord knows that we are not perfect, however, he is expecting us to strive for perfection.  His desire for us to obtain perfection is not for His benefit, but that we may have life abundantly.  As Christians, sometimes we act as though we are doing God a favor by living according to His standards.  “Oh, I guess I can squeeze the Word in before I head out today.”  “I’m not sure if I’m going to attend the afternoon service.”   The Lord already has the whole world in His hand,  he is just allowing us the opportunity to have a life that leaves us feeling satisfied


“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.” Psalms 119:1

When we realize that the Lord is not trying to take our fun away, but spare us from a life of misery, we can truly begin to enjoy life.  I am reminded of the story of the prodigal son.  The younger son had his mind set on one thing, himself.  He wanted to do whatever he felt like doing.  Without any concern for his father or brother, he left home headed for a blissful destruction.  It wasn’t until he was hungry, wasted all of his money, and a lot of his time before he started to think logically again.

 He found himself headed back to his father’s house, the one place he was so eager to leave in the beginning.  I can imagine it must have been a long walk back to his father’s house.  He must have been thinking about all the needless mistakes he made in his search to satisfy the flesh.  He surely thought to himself, ” If I would have known then, what I know now, I would have done things differently.”   Well God has given us all free will to choose to have the best life possible or destroy ourselves.  

It doesn’t mean that we will always get things right, but we should be able to recognize if a decision we are about to make will help or hurt us later on.  We can make fewer mistakes if we think logically about the decisions before us.  We also need to pray and ask God to guide us.  If we observe closely the way others have turned out who have made similar decisions, we may also learn something valuable. 

When we take our time and think things through, we limit the amount of missed opportunities that could have taken our lives in a completely different direction.

 “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.” Psalms 119:1

Challenge:  I wonder where we all could be if we would trust God and follow His ways.  What area in your life have you not given entirely to the Lord?  Give the Lord a chance.   For this week, pray and allow God to direct you in that area.  Keep a journal and record the changes that you see. 

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