It’s been a while. A long while. And during that long while, I have changed. …
I can’t justify this, but I’ve been feeling kind of passion-less recently. Life is good, school work is steady, but I’ve just been doing things, with no purpose or motivation behind it. Unfortunately, this lack of motivation has also manifested itself into my spiritual life. Last week I wrote a post talking about how I longed to be the one jumping out of the boat to walk on water with Jesus, to be put into the game, but this week, I have found myself content sitting in the boat, sometimes not even caring what was going on outside. This whole attitude sort of climaxed as I was trying to sleep on Saturday night, when these lyrics from Hillsong wouldn’t stop repeating in my head.
“You were near though I was distant Disillusioned, I was lost and insecure…”
I’ve been keeping Christ at an arms-length this week for no reason whatsoever and in the end, I’ve been left with insecurity. But, in the midst of this, Christ wasn’t content with being pushed away. As those lyrics were on repeat in my head, I caught a glimpse of God and His grace, one in the form of a 2 day old Direct Message from a friend talking about how she is being stretched in a few different ways in relating to others. In concluding, she said, ”Strive for progress, not perfection, eh?”
In these moments of our lives, we often want to clean house, throw everything out, start fresh. I know I do. Begin a new day with a perfect amount of time for quiet time, hours of prayer, donating everything I have to the poor, living the PERFECT LIFE from the get go. But no, if you strive for perfection, you are left with a few days of self righteousness and then a time of regret after you inevitably fail.
Strive for progress, not perfection.
Those Hillsong lyrics in my head on Saturday night were kind of depressing, because I wasn’t remembering the whole song. This song is a song of hope.
Trading your life
For my offenses
For my redemption
You carried all the blame
Breaking the curse
Of our condition
Perfection took our place
STRIVE FOR PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION because PERFECTION TOOK OUR PLACE.
Christ has done what we could not and He continues to do so today. In our imperfection, He becomes perfect. In our weakness, He becomes stronger.
In what areas are you making progress?
How is Christ transforming you?