"" bshawise: Release...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Release...

A pastor friend wrote me asking for creative ideas so I dug into the archives and foud a piece I wrote awhile ago. If you're in need of a meditative moment and you struggle with some level of perfectionism- give this a try. Listen to the song as you slowly read the text. Maybe something'll happen. Maybe not. Either way it's a pretty decent song.



Release...
take a deep breath in...
and release...
feels good doesn't it?
try closing your eyes for a few seconds and just listen to the piano...

what if we let go?
...stopped trying to be perfect
...stopped chasing something that doesn't exist.
because the truth is...
we will never look "perfect"
our job will never be "perfect"
our friends and family will never act "perfectly"
what does that even mean? "perfect"...?
the perfect house,
spouse,
kids,
life...
they don't exist.
relationships are not perfect...
we know that in theory...
yet we want them to be…
and we get frustrated when they aren't.
we hold grudges for others' imperfections...
for their mistakes.
we carry with us disappointments...
we hold onto the let downs caused by imperfections.
we carry regret...
for not being the perfect friend
for being the imperfect spouse
for demanding from our kids what we can't provide...
perfection.
we carry guilt...
for our imperfect faith...
our imperfect past...
what if you let the regret go...
release...
take a deep breath in...
and release...
God doesn't want your perfection...
He doesn't demand what you cannot give.
He just wants your faith...
your trust...
your belief that Jesus' sacrifice makes you perfect.
perfectly broken...
perfectly human...
perfectly forgiven...
perfectly loved...
by the only One who provides what we all desire...
...Perfection.

2 comments:

yo mama said...

Good to read again! This has fit in well with various women's bible study lessons SEVERAL times in the past. Maybe it is a good time to revisit your theme. Women are often haunted by perfectionism and need all the reminders they can get that God does not desire perfection...just their fatih, their trust. Ah, release...

Daniel Kalbach said...

nice.