More Beautiful You

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
                      ~ Harriet Braiker
“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,
    a puzzle that no one can figure out.
But I, God, search the heart
    and examine the mind.
I get to the heart of the human.
    I get to the root of things.
I treat them as they really are,
    not as they pretend to be.”
            ~ Jeremiah 17:9-10
     I met a court officer yesterday who was the ultimate over achiever.  So many years of teaching, in many different capacities, many responsibilities, many authorities, honors, connections.  He was a one man show.  He was a dynamic example of all one might hope represents our court system.  Many sentences began with “my” and “I”; many asides were comments that were personal, informative and not always germane to the task at hand.  He was amazing. Yet all I kept thinking was, “Who made this man feel so low that he feels the constant need to achieve?”
     A former classmate of mine came to mind.  He literally has a sheaf of degrees as long as his arm.  When he counsels someone, he hands them his resume that shows clearly that he is an overachiever.  I know something of his background.  He had an abusive father who was in the grip of substance abuse.
      Both of these men have/had families.  Both of these men are a credit to their profession, both of these men are either divorced or involved in an indiscretion.  These men are still trying to prove something, possibly to their fathers.  
     We have a Heavenly Father who loves us, sees through all our costumes, degrees, facades and loves us.  Knows our core and loves us.  As we try, every day, to be the best that we can be in the name of His son, God works with what we give him and makes something beautiful as we go along and keep giving our best.
     Today, try to stop defining your last “performance” in terms of your last mistake, but look to how that hole in your “garment” has taught you to sew, or moved you to don a new garment that has more room for praise, movement and for God to work.
    You could never be a more beautiful you.
Because of Him,

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