Waiting for Perfect
by Rachael M. Colby
(2 Corinthians 3:5, NLT).
I was waiting for perfect, but it never showed up. So I decided I’d better start the journey without it. I thought I needed to be the perfect Christian, wife, mom, have the perfect family, and coin the perfect phrases. Then I’d have something to say. Then God could use my writing. I mean, who am I?
But it’s not about who I am; it’s about who Jesus is. I am made for His glory. It’s Christ in me. I’m His work in progress, and His mercies are new every morning. But I must be honest about my shortcomings and spend time with Christ and in His word, so He can change and equip me. I have to give myself to Him.
“So, here’s my mess, Lord. I love You. Help me.”
This doesn’t mean I can succumb to slackness, for I believe good enough is not good enough. I must be diligent and keep a teachable spirit to grow as a Christian and as a writer. This is my call—my work must be well done. God helps as I submit my work to Him; God helps as I submit myself to Him.
The depth of my writing will never surpass the depth of my relationship with God. There is pain in the process, but there is joy in the journey, as I allow God to change me from glory to glory.
The Preacher said the power is in the going. The Bible says faith without works is dead. And when God says, “Go,” we need to start walking.
Do you hear Him?
“Come. Walk with Me.”
Lord, I want to pursue Your heart above all else. You are my sustenance, my source. Help me become a disciplined soldier of the time, talent, and responsibilities You have given me. Give me words to praise You, Lord. Let my words rise to Heaven as an offering to You. May they reach down and take root in hearts. Use them to draw others to You—into Your knowledge, light, and love. Amen.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Rachael M Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, bona fide beach bum, avid Tweeter, and creator of TattooItOnYourHeart.com—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, Rachael writes to glorify God and encourage others. She addresses culturally relevant questions connecting everyday life with Christianity’s answers through motivational articles, interviews, poetry, and children’s picture books.