After losing in overtime, a college basketball coach posted one of his player’s statistics, which were some of the best in the conference. Someone replied by stating that the player also had a fairly low percentage of free throw shots and that it was unacceptable.
Our culture often dictates that anything less than perfection is not good enough. We tend to set unrealistic expectations for ourselves, and we beat ourselves up when we don’t meet those expectations. So what is the answer?
“I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him” (Romans 12:1).
It’s a matter of perspective: are we striving to be perfect by our own strength, or are we allowing God to perfect us? We are to worship God with everything we are and through everything we do. When we do this, we “can do everything with the help of Christ who gives us the strength we need” (Philippians 4:13). God gives us gifts, and He gives us the strength to use them. In return, He asks that we work hard (Proverbs 13:4), serve Him (Romans 12:11), and follow His direction (Joshua 1:8).
My first semester of seminary was a little rocky. I could have done better with budgeting time, and I therefore didn’t earn the grades I was capable of receiving. By learning from my mistakes last semester, I am inspired to discipline myself and worship God through studying and earning the best grades I can.
(Especially since I’m spending an unholy amount of money to go to the wonderful world of Anderson University.)