Are you perfect?

I always had a problem when I heard the scripture Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.  I say problem, it’s more like an “OMG” reaction of “How in the world would I be able to be perfect?”  Then I read in the notes of my Dake Bible where he described the word ‘perfect’ as ‘mature’… MATURE?? What does that mean exactly?  I looked in the Merriam-Webster to find a definition and there were five! The first one said “based on slow careful consideration <a mature judgment” , ok I’m already in the hole because slow and careful are not usually in my vocabulary! I go headlong into situations and then think, or my mouth says something before my brain has processed it! That doesn’t sound very mature of me does it? I think that to be mature is to be able to handle a situation with tact and consideration for another person’s feelings. I have always tried to do that, and it has gotten me in trouble because I have not found a way to speak my mind in some cases, without being blunt, but I digress, back to being perfect, or mature. I looked up Matthew 5:48 in the Message translation,  “In a word, what I’m saying is, grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”  Now that I can live with, in other words (and Jesus had already said it) “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

Mine is a three-generation household with a wide range of age, if we didn’t “do unto others” in our home there would be mayhem at all times! I have watched the relationships between my children, them with their spouses, and my grandchildren in the relationship they have with each other and their friends and I honestly see a lot of genuine maturity in them, does that mean we are perfect? I laugh to think of it, but it is something to strive for isn’t it?

You want to be perfect? Then grow UP!

About harolene

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in!
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