Embracing Imperfection

We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. — Isaiah 64:6 (NLT)

As a classical musician, I strive for perfection. Every rehearsal, private practice time and performance, the first thing I do is deconstruct and analyze. I look first at my mistakes and take inventory, then I look at the ensemble’s mistakes and take inventory. With this inventory of mistakes, I look through my music and make my notes The hope is that next time we get to opportunity to perform that particular piece of music, we as a group pay attention to the details that were missed. We never settle for good enough. There really is no such thing as the glass ceiling in that respect, we just break through it and keep going, pushing the bar higher and higher striving for the highest and most professional level of music making.

As a worship musician, I don’t strive for perfection. Someone’s inevitably going to forget their cue, or the lyrics or worse — forget to show up or arrive on time. That doesn’t mean I get bogged down with a mediocre mentality of “it’ll do” or “close enough”. God doesn’t want perfection. He laughs at the very idea of earthly perfection. Our so-called righteous deeds are nothing but filthy rags in his sight. Filthy rags. So does that mean we stop trying all together? No. We reassess what our goal is. Instead of striving for perfection that will never come, strive for a genuine encounter with God. Focus on giving your all to him through the musical and creative facets of worship that we partake in. God doesn’t want our perfection. He wants our very best. That’s why we strive for musical excellence. He wants all of us.

Let’s be freed by the mistakes and hiccups in the worship set, giving it all to him in an act of perfectly imperfect genuine worship, lifting high the name of Jesus.

That’s the goal.

J.R.

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