In a scene from the series, “Mad Men” Betty and Sally, its mother and daughter characters, are fighting over the broken state of daughter’s “once perfect” nose.
It addresses the importance appearance and perfection often play in life. At one point, daughter, Sally mocks her mother, “Where would Mom be without her perfect nose?”
With disordered image, eating and value issues plaguing our culture today, the perfection challenge is still with us. There’s an expectation of happiness, fulfilled dreams and banished sadness/loneliness which frequently comes attached to the perfection promise.
But the rude awakening to life is how imperfect it is.
Still, God has His perspective on not just perfection, but on His value of us as well:
“Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.”
“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
2 Samuel 22:31; Psalms 18:31
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
“And he said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
We are in process; we’re constantly changing…
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:18
It’s a message which needs much repeating, especially if we’re recovering from not just eating disorders and low self-esteem, but unrealistic perfectionism to boot.
We’re getting there. You are; I am. And, in the middle of everything which is imperfect, God still sees a perfection to us. We are that valuable. Period.
Copyright © 2015 by Sheryle Cruse