Saturday, January 28, 2012

Project 52 - Imperfection

Maybe I’m getting a little too philosophical about these prompts, but for some reason I’m really taking them to heart. I pondered over this one… What is “perfection”? My answer: Jesus Christ. Everyone and everything else falls on this earth falls short, thus, “imperfection.”

As a mother I spend so much time and effort trying to make my children “perfect” and making everyone else think they are perfect too! I want them to joyfully obey my every request. I want them to succeed in everything that they do. I want them to show the world how wonderful they are. I want them to make wise choices. I want them to show goodness and truth to all they meet. I want their little brains and hearts and minds to be filled with compassion and kindness, generosity and love. This week, they fell short. Of ALL of these. All my efforts, all my strivings, all my plans, squelched. They whined, they blatantly refused to complete my requests, they ran around the grocery store screaming (yes, those were MY kids). Mini imperfect people created from two imperfect parents.

So they screwed up. I screwed up. Praise God for His grace and forgiveness, His welcoming loving arms that take our imperfection and turn it around in His Son. I’m so thankful He makes good from my bad and hopeful that He does the same for my little ones. Truth is, maybe I should spend less time trying to make them perfect and more time pointing them to the only One who is.

On to the photograph: Tobias is my particular challenge. At 3 he is exerting his independence while realizing he is still quite dependant on mommy and daddy resulting in frustration and tears. Here he is: not smiling, dog hair stuck to the stickiness of breakfast on his chin, purple marker on his eye. He is NOT perfect, yet I love Him, Jesus loves Him, and there is the hope and promise of bright days for us. 


melanie said...

love tobias, love you, LOVE JESUS!!