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Click...click...click. Her fingers were rigid on the mouse. She was focusing as hard as she could on her research on the internet, yet her thoughts were flying to a distant place, a place where no soul or living thing existed. A place where it seemed was the only place she could actually pause and breathe. A breath of fresh air.

Yes, her thoughts were flying. To a place that was not reality. Here, back on her computer, everything she clicked on reminded her of who she was not. More like, of who she tried to be each day. PERFECT! The entire web was built with perfection, and also depicted perfect scenarios with perfect people. On the other hand, in her flying thoughts, she was in a place where she could just "be." Eventually, she stood up and placed her arms akimbo, and she said to herself, "I am a work in progress. I am not perfect." Then she opened the double wooden doors and walked out into the sun-lit veranda. She would not pretend to be who she wasn't. She would strive for it, yes...but she would not pretend to be perfect anymore. She was saved by His grace and ransomed by His blood.

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Have you ever been in a place where you are forced to pretend to be perfect? A place where reality TV becomes unreal and where CNN depicts lies instead of truth? I have been in that place before, and have found it not very amusing.
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Whenever I want to do it all by myself, I get trapped in the errors of an imperfect body. Those times I try to do it myself are the times when I do those things I do not want to do. But when I become a "work-in-progress," releasing myself into the arms of the Master Potter, I find out that I begin to survive on the bread of His "grace." Like the stories of the actors on the NBC show, Heroes, they cannot control their abilities by themselves, but there's something invisible that is controlling their abilities...in the next episode I will find out whether their fate lies in the outcome of the eclipse of the sun.
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Pretty much, I am asking you to let yourself survive on grace. You can try to be a good person by your own abilities, but they will fail you. Let God take you by your right hand and show you the way. Our own righteousness is only as good as a filthy rag before God's eyes, that's why He chose to wrap the righteousness of Christ around us. Now, when He looks at us, He smiles. Why? He smiles because He has chosen not see our filthy rags any longer. Instead, He has chosen to see the blood of His own son, covering us and shielding us from our own imperfections.
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Today, let go of your pretentious sense of perfection. But choose to wrap God's righteousness around your own unrighteousness. If you fall, get back up again and hold His hand. You are not perfect, but He is!
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29 comments:

Kemi PenĂ©lopĂȘ said...

Everytime I want to do things to make people accept me...I become so miserable. I am learning that I can make mistakes but what makes me different is that I know I can get right back up ask God for forgiveness and He gives me the strength to go on...

I am a Work-In-Progress...

God Bless you...

OKEY.CC said...

good

simeone said...

" You can try to be a good person by your own abilities, but they will fail you ". -this is so true that it cant be true(er)..lol..
preacher , its that grace o..nothin but that grace..
bless your heart preacher..

rethots said...

The only reason we qualify for His grace is simply 'cos we ain't perfect.

...still moulding us to become who He wants us to be, is what are we now.

naijalines said...

A work in progress is always a good thing. One day it would be completed.

NoLimit said...

"Today, let go of your pretentious sense of perfection. But choose to wrap God's righteousness around your own unrighteousness. If you fall, get back up again and hold His hand. You are not perfect, but He is!"

Story of my life...by strength ( call it SELF) shall no man prevail...
Thanks for sharing this...

ShonaVixen said...

i am not perfect but am loved by the Almighty!!!
thanx for the post hon

adebanji said...

I can relate to this because sometimes I work on a painting and then I think it is finished. Then I come back to it and work on it again, this process continues......... until I am satisfied. God will work on me in this same way-ALLELUYA! I'm not giving up!

I love your writing-GOD SENT!

nevender said...

Work in Progress.

Standtall said...

I thought I clicked on Abbie's blog.

I am loving this. Well done sis. You know how to make us retrace our steps

Believer said...

from someone who deals with ms. perfection issues, i thank you. God i thank you for your grace..

Kafo said...

i like
most days r marked by highs and los so i seriously dont think i have d time to be perfect ot takes too much effort so faking it is too hard


happy tg

darkelcee said...

Well i am very proud to be a WIP cos i know when he is thru with me i will be a master piece!

The poets voice ~~~ said...

A lot of the time i am under the pressure to be perfect but yet i live in a not-so-perfect world and here i am reminded that I am a work-in-progress and the 'Master Potter' is Perfect!

Thanx for this reminder.

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Thank you for this.

Reverence said...

you know, in accounting, a workin Process is considered an asset because it is going to become.

lovely post again as usual

guerreiranigeriana said...

...wow!...great read!...so needed that!....

Dammy said...

I have been there...where humanity contends with divinity on a quest for perfection. But I am learning to let go and let God...couldn't have ask for anything else but a word as this.

"A stitch in time, saves nine" but I will say "a word in time, saves lives"

Thanks for being a blessing.

Robyn said...

Yes Jaycee you do write some stuff.But this,,,,,,i have to re-read.laters

chichi said...

giving 'it' all up for his grace sounds peachy, just peachy!!lol

thank you 4 dis.

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

what would have become of me without HIM. What would have been my story. Thank you Lord for you.

Naijadude said...

But how do you let go if you've found solace in it??

~Sirius~ said...

*Exhaling..........Thank God for Grace. it is indeed sufficient for me.

PS: (Your Blog is quite inspiring, Keep up the good works)

tommeh said...

Everyone can relate to this. No man is perfect without God. Like U said, all we need do is just let HIM.

Shubby Doo said...

eww...i hate that place...'where reality TV becomes unreal and where CNN depicts lies instead of truth'not perfect dot com but he loves me as i am.

thanks hon

Jewells said...

Amen!!!

Tisha said...

i depend on his grace
i knew a number of years ago
that i could not depend on myself.

Mwajim Al said...

I'm randomly rummaging through your blog - this just put peace over my heart :-D Thanks for that.

Mwajim Al said...

Reminds me of Romans 5 - Justification by faith.