Coaches long for the perfect team…one that will win the championship! These expectations often go unrealized and can lead to discouragement. A seasoned coach, however, will ask, “What did we accomplish?” That list can be very long and impressive making the imperfect full of perfection.
At Christmastime the pressure to be perfect seems to heighten. We imagine having a perfect celebration, giving the perfect gifts, serving the perfect Christmas dinner, sending the perfect greeting card as well as writing the perfect family letter.
But our striving often leads to disappointment when the carefully chosen gift receives only a halfhearted thank you, the meat is over cooked, we find a glaring typo in our Christmas letter (after sending it out) or when the children fight over toys while the adults resurrect old or new arguments.
“…our ability to imagine perfection exceeds our ability to implement it.” Julie Ackerman Link
How we respond to these unmet expectations can usher in THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS. Instead of being discouraged or disappointed, we can choose to look beyond the moment and remain focused on God’s perfect gift, born in a manger and sent to be our Savior. This gift transcends all of our unmet expectations requiring us to let go of our concept of perfection and take hold of the perfection of our Savior, in whom we are made perfect.
For by one sacrifice [God] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: When we find ourselves in the unforgiving long lines at a store or stop sign, begin praying for each one in the line. Ask that God’s perfect love will come to them this Christmas. You may be surprised at how fast the line moves!
God’s perfect love casts out all fear of an imperfect celebration, gift, dinner, etc.. Instead of striving for our own perfection let’s live in Christ’s perfection living out His love around us…THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS!
GOD’S PERFECT GIFT BROUGHT US THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS
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