We know that life is far from perfect. Each one of us has been blindsided and crippled by the evil that is in the world. We have all experienced the pain of being stabbed in the back by someone close to us. Each one of us is aware of the weaknesses and struggles that are present in our lives.

While God created a good world, He did not create a perfect world. Humans were to go into this wild and untamed, but good world, as stewards to tame it. Through this process, as we are guided by the Spirit, we become the people God created us to be. God intended for the imperfections of the world to strengthen us and teach us to trust Him with our lives.

Joshua Becker reminds us how we can use the imperfections of life to grow as people.

“Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know in life.” ― John Ruskin

Life is not perfect. We discover this truth early in life. And the longer we live, the more we see it to be true. In fact, the imperfections surround us in nearly every direction:

•  The world we live on is far from perfect. Famine, disasters, and calamity impact both the lives of those we know and the lives of those we’ve never met. Our world produces beauty, but it also produces great pain.

•  The people around us are far from perfect. Greed and selfishness prevail in every society. Prejudice and misconception harm relationships. While hatred and contempt have resulted in terrible consequences from the very beginning of time.

•  And unfortunately, we are far from perfect as well. We often get tripped up by temptation and addiction. We war within ourselves to do what is right. And we know, deep-down, there are far too many unhealthy tendencies that motivate our actions and decisions.

Life is not perfect. It never has been and it never will be. But this can be good news. It means we can stop pursuing the mystical, perfect life. It means we can stop chasing perfect skin, the perfect job, the perfect house, or the perfect spouse. It means we can find freedom to live within our imperfections.

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