I keep one piece of paper tucked into my favorite copy of the Bible. It’s the Serenity Prayer, and if you have been reading my blog for very long you know that I prefer the original and complete version. I will be 64 on Thursday and if were to try to sum up my life at this point I would refer to that prayer and say that I find myself “reasonably happy in this life”. I often question why anyone on this earthly home would expect more, yet I see and hear people all around me who apparently do just that.
The Bible says that those who seek good find it and those who seek evil find it; many of our experiences in life boil down to attitude and perspective. But I don’t think anything in the Bible promises that if we always seek good and do good, nothing bad will ever happen to us. Life happens. Accidents happen. Other people happen. Illness happens. Evil happens. However, it seems to me that a lot of people in our society have the attitude that if they just find the right product, practice, or correct level of “personal perfection” their life will be a blissful path of health, wealth, and happiness. When that doesn’t happen they fall apart.
I’m all for self-improvement, but when it becomes “self absorption” or “self obsession” then I think we have to be careful that we aren’t worshipping the false god of perfection. The danger is that in our pursuit of the perfect body or perfect mind or perfect career or even the perfect Christian service we may never live the life that we were intended to live. We may never do the work we can NOW because we are waiting until we are perfect. I prefer to work on my sins and shortcomings, but accept the fact that God forgives me and uses me “warts and all”.
Have a blessed day!