Many of us come into this world with the hope of fulfilling some goal. As a writer, it was my dream to write with purpose, something that would help someone else in their walk with God.
I began writing in 1980, so that struggle to follow my dream seemed long, almost endless. Now that I have taken that first bold step, to see my work in print, I must pause to remember the words of Paul: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12).
When a writer is allowed to see their first book published, it’s like a mother holding her child after a long and painful delivery. We weep for joy. For me, I give thanks to God, knowing it was only by his grace that I was able to type the first sentence on that page.
Recently, I took the time to actually read the book for pleasure, rather than a day’s work. And when I turned the pages, I was shocked to find there were still a few errors we missed in the editing process ( an extra word or misplaced letter, even quotation marks out of place).
Oh the pain I felt, to see that my work of art was still not finished, not yet perfect! But during hours of remorse, hating the fact that my creation was found wanting, God allowed me to see a truth in his Word: “For no one is good…except God alone”(Mark 10:18) and “my strength is made perfect in weakness”(II Cor. 12:9).
Last night, when I was reading my bedside devotional, I was surprised to see an error in the printed word, a “type-o”. And it gave me such joy. I heard the Lord say, “even with flaws, something can be of value.” And I understand that “Word” had a deeper meaning about God’s creation, and the people in this life. No one will ever measure up to that goal of perfection. But in the eyes of God, we are still valued.
So, we all strive for perfection as we follow our dreams in this life. But if you fall short of that goal, don’t give up. Pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes, and keep striving for perfection.
Be blessed, Donna