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Perfection

When I think of perfection, I recall this blog post from my study of James 1:2-4.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

 

Perfect Result

We get this part of the process wrong most of the time. The expectation is the solution for “it” will be perfect or flawless. “Perfect” by human standards will never match up to God’s standards. For one, we live in a sinful world. Just as critical, we put too much pressure on the word perfect. This word doesn’t mean what we think it means. The Greek word telios is defined as “having reached an end; complete.”

Think of this definition of perfect as a verb tense. When we refer to the perfect tense, we are describing the result of a completed action. For example,

I have been considering it all joy whenever I have encountered various trials, knowing that the testing of my faith produces endurance.

What looks like an end by our standards may not be what we think of as perfect. The result or work—whether “it” is a behavior, task, or deed—is done. Many aspects of the result may not be to our liking. “It” could mean death–of a person, of a relationship, of a dream. “It” could mean life—in a physical healing, in a new friendship, in a fresh idea.

The part of the result we need to accept without exception is perfect does not mean everything will be tied up with a pretty bow under a tree decorated with lights. Perfect is found at the foot of Calvary’s tree where the Light of the world suffered and died. Perfect is the opened tomb of His resurrection. Perfect is His saving grace. Perfect is the gift when a particular “it” has finally come to an end.

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Pathways

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the roads we travel. How some are long and winding. How some abruptly end. But, mostly, I’ve been considering how varied our journeys are even when it seems we are traveling together.

Take my three sons for example.

My oldest son attends a state university, anticipates studying abroad, and plans to work in the IT industry.

My middle son will go to a transition program in the fall where he will continue his work-study program.

My youngest son is still deciding between being a veterinarian, a paramedic, or a mover.

Yet, I am convinced they are traveling the pathways God has designated in advance for them. What a privilege to be part of their unique journeys!

Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6 NIV