meaningofstrife

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Nobody’s Perfect — We ALL Are!

on July 18, 2012

If we view being perfect as doing everything right, all the time, well, we would all agree it’s impossible to be perfect.   We are human, after all.  Life just isn’t set up that way.  (Nevermind the difficulty of determining what is “right” but that’s a whole other discussion!)

However, if one has the view that the world was created with purpose, that God is all-knowing and all-powerful, well, then you would conclude that “all is as it should be.”  Which means, that in the aggregate, together we are perfect, exactly as we should be.

Together, as members of “Team Humanity” we represent every possible combination of situation, personality, experience, perspective, attributes.  If God wanted to create a place where HE could experience every single possibility, then He needs YOU just as much as any other person.  No one else in the world can play your role.  YOU are playing YOU perfectly.

From I Corinthians 12:

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

It is time for us to let go of that part of us (you might consider it part of your Ego) that tells us that I am better than the rest, that everyone else should see things as I do, that wants everyone else to be LIKE ME.  I am RIGHT and they are WRONG.  They are DIFFERENT, my way is BETTER.

And get over the idea of interpreting that scripture as only applying to Christians.  Just get over it.

Because the truth is, we are all COMPLEMENTARY.  We could not do this thing called Life on Earth without every single player.  EVERY SINGLE PERSON COUNTS TO GOD.

Think about how brave a person must be to play the really tough roles.  Maybe, for example, the murderers and child molesters, instead of being “lesser forms of humanity” are really the strong souls.  Think, for example, of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.  She volunteered to be a serial killer, not because she was mean, or got a rush out of killing, or any other evil motivation.  Instead, she volunteered out of love for her sister and mother.  She knew she was stronger.  She volunteered to take on the difficult role, to take on the pain and horror.  She took one for the team.

The purpose of Life on Earth is not to be “right” and “good.”  It is to “experience” and “learn” and “grow.”  Each of us gets to choose our own ways of experiencing, our own methods of learning, and the extent to which we will grow or stay the same.  If you agree, there can be no other conclusion other than this:

YOU are PERFECT exactly the way you are.

And so is the other guy.

 

 


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