Monday, December 1, 2014

On Being Perfect

Yesterday during the 3rd hour of church our Bishop gave one of those "call to repentance" lessons, but he did it with so much love that I saw a glimpse of myself the way Heavenly Father sees me. The spirit taught me a lot that hour, so I came away wanting to write my thoughts on perfection.

Perfection according to the world's standards (from a young mother's perspective)

career choice
income
personality
being an extrovert
vacations
education
working mom
stay at home mom
photography skill
being witty

body type
working out
what you make for dinner
baking
hair style/color
makeup
getting rid of wrinkles
jewelry
clothing
shoes
children's attire
children's personality
family lifestyle
toys
adult toys
furniture
home decor
being put together at all times
groceries
knowledge
pop culture knowledge
social media appearance
date night
family outings
talents
creativity
name brand anything
apple products
electronics
eating out
waxing
nails
tanning
yard
gardening
athletic abilities
mall shopping
thrift shopping
boutique shopping
social media comments
family pictures
weight

Perfection according to God's standards

obedience to the commandments
daily communication to Heavenly Father
making and keeping covenants
having faith
sacrament meeting attendance
perfect in trying
forgiving
asking for forgiveness
scripture study
strengthening relationships 
being a missionary
consecrating your talents
being an example

It's not the second list that keeps me down. It's the first. And sometimes it's easy to miscategorize items from the first list, putting them in the second. And then we become frustrated with the church and with faith, when it's not the culprit.

I know I am guilty of it. And this December I want to focus on the gift our Savior gave each of us. His life. So we could live. And not just live, but live happy. That happiness begins with focusing on the Lord's standards and not the worlds.

"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matt 5:48)




2 comments:

LauraP said...

I was talking to Clark about this the other night. I was saying how I always think I need new clothes or I feel "out of style" but its mostly just to impress other people. My husband and my children will love me even if I'm wearing old jeans or my pajamas all day. The reason we do all of those things from the "first list" is usually for other people. And they probably don't care either. And if they do, then we shouldn't waste our time with them. It's so hard to not get caught up in the material things of life and "keeping up with the Jones's". Thanks for the reminder of what's really important in life!

~April~ said...

I needed to hear that. Thanks for writing it. I love your blog!