Last weekend, you may have heard, that US gymnast Simone Biles set a new record for winning world championship medals–she currently has 25 total, 19 gold. She’s so good that she’s even invented two new moves that are now named after her. The moves are so challenging that the gymnastics organization is hoping other gymnasts don’t try it. That’s how much she stands out. Here’s a link to some of the videos if you haven’t seen her in action.
She is about as close to perfection in gymnastics as you can get. But in general, it’s not a great idea to try for perfection all the time. We are humans and we have flaws. You can’t be a perfect Christian–it’s not possible to never get angry or irritated, it’s not possible to remember to pray all the time. And as a person–it’s not healthy to try and be perfect in anything–school, sports–failing is part of life. You learn more when you mess up. The goal of life is not to avoid making mistakes, but learning how to handle it when they happen. And if you never made mistakes, you’d probably feel like you didn’t need God as much either. God uses things in life to show his power, love and might to us and through us. When things go badly, God is there.
2 We all make many mistakes. A person who never said anything wrong would be perfect.
James 3:2 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Thank you for not expecting me to be perfect. Help me to accept when I fail and make mistakes, and to learn from them. Amen.