I don’t know any perfect people. I have known many good people in my life, but none of them were/are perfect.
If a person proclaims themselves to be perfect, you can be sure they are not. I’ve heard of people who think they never sin, that they make no mistakes. That very statement reeks of pride and arrogance. The only perfect living person ever on this planet was Christ. Although we should strive to be more like him, I do not believe it is possible to achieve perfection in this life.
Trying to be a better person is always a good thing and we all have room for improvement. Trying to be perfect is an entirely different matter. People who try to be perfect are always disappointed by themselves and others.
A person who puts so much pressure on himself/herself to have to do everything flawlessly is setting up for failure. A person who expects other people to be perfect is also going to live a life of disappointment.
I don’t mean to say that we should be lazy or immoral. I certainly don’t mean that a pattern of continued failure in the same area is acceptable. What I am trying to say is that we should be realistic about our goals and our efforts.
Making a mistake somewhere along the line is a human reality. It is far more important how we respond to that mistake than making it in the first place. There are times when we are trying with all of our hearts to do the right thing for the right reasons and it still turns out to be a mistake.
We need to be teachable. We need to learn from our mistakes and also from the mistakes of others. I have learned some things in life the hard way and have graduated from the School of Hard Knocks. The good part of that is that I try to learn my lessons, not repeat them, and move forward in a positive direction.
I’ve said it before, but it may bear repeating. The definition of a foolish person is one who keeps doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
We also need to extend forgiveness to those who make mistakes in our lives as well as learning to forgive ourselves when we fail. Sometimes people are harder on themselves than they are on any other person.
I recently had a conversation with someone who had made a major decision about a changes in their life. Things hadn’t turned out the way they anticipated. I think the hardest thing they were dealing with was that they had tried so hard to do the right things, make the wise choices, and the situation turned out to be different than they could ever have imagined.
We are all works in progress. As a Christian, I believe as individuals we are like clay on the potter’s wheel. God is the Master Potter. We are His clay. He works on us to get out the imperfections in our clay until we are pliable, usable, shaped in His image, into vessels (people) that have a purpose, and individuals He can teach and commission.
“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
If we could attain perfection as human beings, we would not have needed a Savior. Christ would not have needed to become a sacrifice for our imperfections.
We can become better people tomorrow than we are today, but somewhere along the way, I am pretty certain that we will stumble and fall. There are no perfect people that I know of anywhere.