We live in a world of backed up traffic, windowless offices, constant exposure to media, and relentless pressure. Pressure for MORE: more money, more fame, more things, more beautiful, more popular… sometimes it never seems to stop.
Many of us become caged within our won society. In the hussle & bussle, we become frazzled, stressed, distraught, and depressed. It is so easy to ignore our fatigue and tell our selves that if we would push ourselves harder, we would not feel that way. “PUSH!… just a little harder, a little farther, a little more…”
It’s hard to remember sometimes that no matter how much ‘more’ we become or obtain, we will never be, nor have ‘perfect’. ‘More’ will never be enough to satisfy our yearnings.
No success will last forever, no beauty doesn’t fade, no money can buy the world, and no one can win the hearts of all… As disappointing as it may seem, we are human.
We are human; and humans have faults, humans have weaknesses, humans will fail at times, and humans are not perfect. Nor are we meant to be. Because we are meant to grow.
It’s a hard fact of life: we are not perfect! & yet so many people seem to have such a hard time grasping this in reality. Parents with high expectations, athletes upon whom entire teams rely, or businessmen who beat themselves up if they are not chosen for the promotion. Nobody is perfect, and nobody can always win, or always be the best.
I used to be one of those sorts. I was far from perfect, but if I missed that shot in soccer, if I scored ‘only’ a 98% on a test, if i was told another girl is prettier than I am, or whatever the ‘if’ matter was- I became distressed.
Life became so simpler and pleasant when I finally accepted the fact that I am not the best. Notice that wording: “I AM NOT the best.” I did not say that, “I MIGHT NOT ALWAYS be the best” but “AM NOT”. It is very important not to twist our acknowledgement. Because, all those contingent-filled phrases about ‘possibly being weak’, leave the expectation that weakness is the exception, & perfection is the rule. But it is quite the opposite.
Now, God has definitely blessed us. He offers us a way to become perfect, to reach that state of greatness. Here’s the catch: we become perfect IN HIM, not in ourselves, nor in our own ways, but in HIS WAYS. These phrases and concepts are rather cliché and well known; thus, taken for granted. But let’s think about it for a second…
How exactly can we be IN God? well, here is the key; “BE in”. WE must find a state of BE-ing in God’s midst. Contentment is in being, not reaching, not striving, not fighting, not pushing, not running… it’s BEING. Wow. Think about that. Let it sink in. For our souls to find peace, we must learn to simply ‘be’.
…so now, i challenge you. BE. be still, be at peace, be content, be whole as you are void of action- do the hardest thing on Earth: simply DON’T DO.- simply BE.