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Try Try Again by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

I was playing around with different bird shapes for this drawing.  I have a Pinterest board just for different ways to sketch little birdies (follow me here) along with hundreds of other pins about journaling, drawing, watercolor, beautiful photos, art lessons, quotes, Bible verses.  It is a wonderland of ideas.  I love seeing other people’s artwork.  But sometimes, it gets those doubts churning.  That is when I have to remind myself to just try.  No one else is expecting perfection.  Everyone else is just trying.  It is okay.  I don’t need to recreate anything anyone else makes, I need to try to make my own story and art.

I honestly do not believe that God thinks we will ever be perfect here on Earth.  I think He knew as soon as Eve took that bite that it was all over, it was all just a matter of trying for each person from then on out.

Why do non-believers expect Christians to be perfect?  That is something I don’t understand.  Isn’t that the whole point of being a Christian?  We realize we are not perfect and that we need God in our lives to help lead our choices.  We know we need grace.  We believe God/Jesus/Holy Spirit is the only possible perfect thing ever.  We believe every day is another day to try.

Does it have anything to do with, especially as Christians, we expect ourselves and/or each other to be perfect?  Why is that?  I don’t get it at all.  Why we do we hold each other/ourselves to a level that we KNOW is unattainable?  Why can’t we all just be happy when we are each trying?

Not too many conclusions today.  Lots of questions.  But I do know this:  I need to expect less perfection from me.  I need to expect only that I try, and the same for all those I encounter.

 

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

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