2012: a retrospective
Wow...2012 has come and gone, and 2013 is now upon us! I have to say that last year was an incredible time for me in so many areas of my life. For the record, these things would not have happened if not for God and His will for my life, so all praise and credit go to Him. Here are some highlights:
Also, I found out just how much God had me in His hands, even before I was saved by His grace. I realized that, when we as human beings are given the power to choose, we no longer become a product of our environment--we become a product of our own personal choices. Have we really considered how great and wide and long and deep God's love is for us? If not, then we need to take some time and marinade on that fact.
As I look forward to 2013, I'm more determined to be God's man. I'll treasure within my heart the good things that I've experienced, while letting go of the things that aren't pleasing to God. Jesus said that those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for Him will save it. Are you holding onto something in the past that God wants you to let go of for His sake?
The Pursuit of Perfection
For all my life, I grew up thinking that things had to be a certain way. If a record (for those of you that remember vinyl records) was to be played at 33 1/3 RPMs, then that's what you're supposed to do. If a television or a computer was supposed to run a certain way, then that's it...no argument. You get the idea, right?
Unfortunately, I let this mentality bleed into what I expected from people; I held onto it and allowed it to become a part of my psyche. As a result, I became a perfectionist and didn't allow others to be who God made them to be. Also, I found myself getting stressed out and sick because things weren't "perfect" in my little fabricated world.
Then, recently, I had had enough. I went to God (which was what I should've done in the first place) and told him, "Alright, that's it. I give up. I'm done with trying to get people and things to fit into my warped perspective of perfection. If I want perfection, then I'm coming to you, because your ways are perfect, your word is perfect, YOU are perfect." Afterwards, peace came over my soul, and a new journey for me had begun--a journey full of mercy, grace and forgiveness. Not only has this journey begun, so has a new spiritual battle; however, I'm better equipped to win these battles when they come.
There's a car company that claims to have a "relentless pursuit of perfection". I'm sorry to disappoint it, but it will never obtain it. Let this serve as a nugget of wisdom for all of us. If we truly want perfection in our lives, then we MUST go to God! My faith and trust in him are stronger than they've ever been before this revelation; I'm moving forward.
May God be glorified through my entire life!