Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Costly Mistake

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas needed a near-perfect score for her routine on the uneven bars to win her third gold. I was certain she could do it. Then, I watched as she made a small, but costly mistake in her routine. As she finished and scored in last place, the commentator said: When you try to be perfect..., you're living on a razor's edge.

In Gabby's interview immediately following her performance, she admitted to being physically drained. She also said, I made a little mistake and I paid for it. Still, she had the confidence to say that she planned to finish strong in her last event.

We know Jesus was the only perfect human. We know we can't be perfect, and that Grace covers us when we fail. Still, so many of us resort to attempting to measure up to others' standards and ideas of perfection instead of doing our personal bests. Eventually, we become so weary from trying to live a people-pleasing performance that we end up hurting ourselves. We limp away, trying to hide our bleeding hearts.

The important thing is this: recognize our mistakes, learn how to do things differently next time, get back up, and try again...but try only with our personal bests in mind. Others' standards {including their critical comments or praises} don't matter. What truly matters is recognizing and having confidence in God's steadfast love for us.


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