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949th -- Not Perfect


We should never get down on ourselves when we fall short. Many times we 
strive for perfection and we do our best to put on a persona that all is 
well and everything in our life is to our liking. We all know that is not
the case. We all have setbacks, we've all fallen short at one time or 
another and we all need grace in order to stand up again. What we should
realize is that it's okay to not be perfect, it's okay to make mistakes, 
it's okay to fall short, but what is not okay is for us to keep making 
mistakes and falling short. When we learn from our mistakes, we become 
wiser so that the same thing won't happen again. When we fail in a 
certain task, we learn the lesson from that failure and we can rise up 
stronger for the next task ahead of us. Life is all about learning and 
becoming better than we were before. We learn the lessons, become better
because of them and when we become better, we can help others in areas 
that we have already learned from. 

Be encouraged to love yourself no matter your imperfections. Realize how
special you are and remember how much you have to offer. No matter your 
past shortfalls, you can begin again. With God, a second chance is always
available to those who seek Him. He is able to cleanse us of all our
unrighteousness, create within us a clean heart and lead our life onto the
best path as He sees fit. When we surrender our will and ask for His will
to be done, great things will begin to take place in our life. Trust the 
Lord in every area of your life and know that your ending will be much 
more blessed and fruitful than your beginnings. Believe it for yourself 
and strive to achieve it all the days of your life.

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to love yourself no
matter your imperfections or past shortfalls. We can all rise up again 
and do better than we have done before.


I was looking out on the woods that surround my house today as I walked 
through the melting snow. It seemed so strange to see how the trees looked
in the middle of winter. Their black, gray, and brown trunks were twisted,
wet, and gnarled. They were full of chipped bark and dead limbs. They 
seemed almost ugly and as far from perfect as you could get. Still, I knew
that in just a few months they would be alive again with bright, green 
leaves and in a few months after that they would be full of beautiful 
colors that would delight the heart and uplift the soul.

Thinking about this made me smile and reminded me that you don't have to 
be perfect in order to live a blessed life. God knows that I am far from 
perfect myself. I make mistakes every single day of my life. I am still a
gnarled, empty, tree trunk much of the time. I do try, however, moment by
moment and choice by choice to live a good life. I do try each day to 
choose and to share love and joy. I do try to grow in oneness with God 
more and more as I travel the path of life. I think, in fact, one of the 
best moments in my life was the moment that I decided to stop trying to be
perfect and to just live in love and joy while sharing all the gifts that
God gave me.

We all need to stop trying to be perfect. We all need to stop judging 
ourselves and just love ourselves. We all need to give up on living a 
perfect life and enjoy living a good and beautiful life. Anne Frank wrote,
“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that 
you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can 
accomplish! And what your potential is!” Let us all live the good news 
within us then. Let us all grow some bright, green leaves of love in our 
lives. Let us all share the beautiful colors of peace and joy from our 
hearts and souls with everyone everywhere. We might not be perfect, but we
can still bless the world with the best within us and with the gifts God 
gives us.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in
any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it 
might depart from me. 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in 
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I
am weak, then am I strong.”

Jeremiah 32:17-18 “Ah Lord GOD! behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the 
earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too 
hard for Thee: Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest
the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: 
the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is His Name.”

Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the 
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the 
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: GOD KNOWS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem15.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: GOD KNOWS ME
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony128.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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