Perfect can be defined as flawless, without blemish, not making any mistakes, without fault. While I'd love to say that I'm perfect, I'm not. I can't be. This is a broken world. Outside of Christ Jesus, there is no one perfect, so why do we seem to expect others to be perfect..and get really disappointed when they are not?
Someone told me recently that I expect too much from other people. My "expectations are too high" they said to me. Which at first glance seems like it would be a problem--and without grace it definitely would be--but I'd counter that it's not. What if I can see more ability in you than you can see in yourself? What if I can see vast amounts of potential that is untapped hiding beneath the surface, but you don't feel it? I speak from personal experience. I've had people do that for me. They can see something I'm capable of that I don't see in myself, and in the end I was able to accomplish more with others' belief in me. Here's the spectacular part of that: it increased my own belief in myself and my abilities once I realized I was able to do it.
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I'm still not perfect, though, no matter how much someone else believes in me, but the growing confidence that comes after accomplishing something huge can be off putting to someone that is still struggling to find their own confidence. Once again, I will remind you that just because I am successful at something, doesn't mean that you can't be successful in your own endeavors. Just because you are pretty, doesn't mean I'm not, too. Just because I am celebrating a success of mine, doesn't mean I'm demeaning your struggle.
Make it a beautiful day, Friends.