Definition - freedom from fault or defect
This has been a busy year - but it hasn't been perfect!
We have had many successes - but no perfect successes!
The children have learned many things - but nothing to perfection!
One of my students had a goal this year. Her goal was for perfect attendance. This meant that she couldn't be late or absent at all! She did a great job and will receive a certificate on Wednesday, June 12 at our closing ceremony.
If we follow the exact definition of perfection, then she missed the mark, because she wasn't in her seat in the classroom every day before 8:30 a.m. Some days she couldn't be in her seat by 8:30 because I had to be out of the classroom. Also, she left early some days, because her mom picked her up early. But we don't count perfect attendance that way!
Perfection! We spend a lot of time looking for perfection in our daily lives. We expect so much from the others in our lives, we often expect them to be perfect.
I read an article once, about expectant parents. The author stated that parents spent the time waiting for their newborn asking that their child be "normal/average". Once the baby is born, they then spend their time expecting their child to be better in everything to the point of being perfect, leaving little room for mistakes. The child has to walk sooner than others, talk sooner than others, read sooner than others, be at the top of his/her class all through school. The author went on to say that rather than look to the gifts and talents the LORD gave the child, parents often expect perfection, often because these are the expectations, we place on ourselves.
What does our LORD have to say about perfection?
He expects it from us! Surprised at the answer? Our God does expect us to be perfect. But it's not in the things we do. It's not a perfectly lined up diploma, a perfectly baked chocolate chip cookie, or the perfect grade our child brings home in every subject in school.
What our Father expects us to be perfect in, is our daily life, our daily sinless life. One of the differences in His expectation of our perfection and our expectation of perfection, is that He knows WE CANNOT BE PERFECT! We think we can be perfect!
It is only in Christ that we can be made perfect. We cannot enter eternal life without being made perfect in Christ. We are told this in Matthew 5:48, Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. And in Hebrews 10:14, For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
So, as we end the school year and begin the summer months, let us remember that while we can do all things in Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). It is only through Him that we can be made perfect in our faith.
Let us remember that while we strive for the best with our children, it is only through the LORD that we all will be made perfect.
Vicki Helmling is a teacher at Grace English Lutheran School