Team Murphy has been blessed with some great kids. We have 3 stair-stepped, and they are an absolute joy to have. Each has their own personalities, that makes them individually amazing in their own right. Our oldest son is popular, talented, hard-working and quite handsome. Our daughter is smart, articulate, beautiful and quite the fashionista. The youngest son is athletic, witty, quick on his feet and extremely well read. I love my kids because they are all very mannerable and (this is very important) know how to act in public. But as good as my three are, they are far from perfect.
After praising them, I dare not list their faults; but even the best children need correcting. As a parent it is my job to guide, direct and even instruct my children, so they can become decent, productive adults. Their youth and inexperience causes them to make mistakes, and lots of them. So when I see flaws in their behavior or even their character, I HAVE to correct them, because I love them and I want to see them make the best decisions possible.
You and I are the exact same way with God. As adults, we may be physically and socially mature, relationally and fiscally responsible, we may have all our duck in a row, but good doesn’t mean perfect. We all have growing to do. We can’t get to a certain age and say … “you know what … I got it,” because good doesn’t equal perfect.
Though it could be argued differently, we all like to think we’re pretty good; that at some level, we got it all together. But just like my kids, we are far from perfect. Every person on this earth has flaws (physically, emotionally, and even in our character). Even the best of us, still have work to do. God desires that each of us be mature, not flawless. Maturity factors our strengths and weaknesses, our assets and liabilities in every decision. Don’t strive to be perfect, but aim to be mature enough not to let your flaws derail you.
The Apostle Paul said of himself, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal …” (Phillipians 3:12-15a, The Message)
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