I will freely admit that I am perfectly imperfect or consistently inconsistent. That would be true of any human on this earth currently. We are all imperfect and all inconsistent in our own ways. Some people may be more noticeably imperfect or inconsistent. There are times I may even be one of those noticeable people. It is OK to be imperfect and inconsistent. The point is not to be either of those well. We are called to be Christ like. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, we become a little more perfect and a little more consistent each day. We will not fully understand perfection and consistency until we are called home to be with Jesus.
So why do I write about my imperfection and inconsistency? Easy, people need to know that they are not the only ones out there who are imperfect and inconsistent. On Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights or any other time we are at church, we tend to put on an everything is just fine face when inside we are falling apart and not even sure if we will be able to get out of bed the next morning. I have my struggles in life. The devil knows where to hit me below the belt and the perfect time to do it. If I give into that temptation, then I am not being Christ like at that moment. I am showing my imperfect, inconsistent side even if no one except me see it as God will always see it. He will gently correct and remind with such a large dose of love that we may not realize what is happening to try to get us on the correct path. God does not pressure us to follow Him. He does not beg nor plead. He invites us and lets us decide. He reminds us of that invitation periodically, keeping the door of communication open if we ever want to talk, but He never pesters us with that invitation.
As I fight the devil, I need to remember that Jesus is right there with me in the fight. He as already won the battle and I need to let Him be in control as I am not the right leader for my life. How should I be ingraining that truth in my life? I need to remember to read the Bible daily and pray. Both help immensely with the reminder as I immerse myself in them. By immersing myself in the practice of Bible reading and prayer, I immerse myself with God. He uses the Bible and prayer time to commune with us so that we can get to know Him. As we get to know Him, we learn about Him and how consistent and perfect He is. We begin to realize that He can be trusted and that He has our best in mind as He cares for us.
Some day I will learn this. Some day I may even be consistent with the Bible reading and prayer. Until that time, I will do my best and be very thankful for a loving, gracious, merciful, and very patient God.