Why We Should Strive for Progress, Not Perfection
It’s not all or nothing
My girlfriend is a runner
She runs every day and even participates in races.
She didn’t start running until her mid-twenties and she eagerly learned as much about it as she could. She joined a runner’s club, hired me as her personal trainer, and bought books on the subject.
One day, she shared with me her excitement upon finding a gem of a motivational statement in one of the books.
It read, “Strive for progress not perfection.”
As a beginning runner, she easily became discouraged watching others win the race when she struggled to finish it. It disheartened her to suffer from shin splints and leg pain after the first few outings.
But this became her mantra, “progress, not perfection.” She wanted to improve and work toward perfection. However, every day she only needed to see that she had progressed.
Each day she had to try.
In our faith journey God expects the same
He doesn’t desire perfection, although this is our end goal. He wants to see progress. He wants to see us trying every day to live a Christian life modeled after Jesus.
However, some days we may feel discouraged because other people seem more “Christian” than us.
Maybe they can memorize and quote scripture or maybe they have a melodic ability to pray. We can feel disheartened seeing others leading people to Jesus when we are still working on ourselves.
However, God sees our hearts. He knows our intentions.
And although we may fall short of where we’d like to be, God is patient and He wants us to get up, dust ourselves off and continue our walk.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7, NIV).
(excerpt taken from Women of Strength — Progress Not Perfection)