I Can’t Be Like Christ

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One of the most popular sayings of the past twenty years is “What would Jesus Do?”  Over and over in our Christian lives we are told to make choices based upon what Jesus would decide if he were in our shoes. Hmmmm…. what seems wrong with this?

He can’t walk in my shoes. I can’t walk in his. We have one huge difference that separates us. He was perfect. I am not!

He actively walked through His life on earth while knowing what was next. We stumble around. He never questioned His path. We constantly search for ours.

I make mistakes. Some are small, like wrong turns or burning the dinner rolls. Sometimes my mistakes are big and hurtful to others.

I can’t be like Christ because my sin and mistakes separate me from Him.

Instead of trying to emulate His perfection, I have to embrace my imperfection. I know God will find ways to use my mistakes for His greater good.  I also know that because of Jesus’s perfect sacrifice, I can be forgiven.

I can’t be Jesus, but I can be a servant of God. I can accept the love of Jesus. I understand that Jesus was the one and only perfect servant of God.

I haven’t written much lately about the Proverbs 31 woman. However, I think she fits in the same category. She wasn’t perfect either, but she served and served well.



Not Perfect, But With a Purpose


I sat down and reread Proverbs 31.  Since I began writing for this blog about two months ago, I think I have read it at least one hundred times.  I finally realized this time that the Proverbs 31 woman was NOT perfect. Instead, she lived her life with a purpose.  That is a much more attainable goal! I need to stop striving for perfection.

My laundry will NEVER be caught up. There will be dirty dishes in my sink within an hour of starting the dishwasher.  As soon as I mop the floors, someone will spill something.  I live with a grown man and a four year old boy.  The floors around the toilets always need to be cleaned!

My kids are great, but they still fight.  Superhero Son will need me to help him academically for years to come.  Darling Daughter is constantly doing something she shouldn’t do.

My marriage will always need me to put in the hard work it takes to be a good wife.  I will always have a career that demands my attention.  Finally, I will always have God to serve.

I cannot accomplish everything every single day.  It isn’t possible!  I may be created in God’s image, but I do not have God’s power.  I will never be perfect!  There!  I said it!  You should say it, too!   You will feel much better once you realize that there is a better way to live.

From now on I will strive to live my life with a purpose instead of with perfection!