Many of us long for perfection. We are supposed to, I think, because it is Father in Heaven's way of inherently helping us to improve constantly. I enjoyed thoroughly a talk given at church a while ago, and want to share the concept here.
It was stated that often in our church we talk of striving to be like Jesus, who was perfect, and therefore we strive for perfection. Almost always it is concluded with "But Christ was the only perfect human being, and therefore while we strive for perfection, we will not achieve it on Earth. But we should keep trying."
Well, the occasion I refer to was different. This person, who has taught me so much through the years by bearing his testimony with the Holy Spirit present, gave new insight. It is daunting to always be striving and never achieve. Yes, we have small encouragement as we improve slowly, but still we are always needing to improve in that mindset. The new paradigm is to look for the perfect moments. No, we may not be perfect in all things ever in this life. But we should look for the moments when, for this moment, we are perfect in this thing. Christ was indeed the only person to walk the earth who was perfect in all things all the time, but on occasion, here and there, we can achieve perfection. We can be the perfect spouse, parent, child, friend, for that one moment, when we nail it just right.
We are perfect in the moment when we say or do just the right thing, or don't say or do anything at all... and we must focus on those moments long enough to gain strength to try and do it again. If we never reward ourselves with the joy, we truly set ourselves up to fail. I am grateful for the person who gave me this insight, and for the Spirit that has testified to me of its truthfulness, and I pray it might speak to you, dear reader, today.