Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.
The Parable of the Perfect Man
There is a story about a man who spent his waking hours attempting to become the perfect man.
He had no family. He had no friends. He had neighbors but refused to exchange any pleasantries among them. One day, while he was awake, he heard the sound of weeping at his front door.
He looked through the peek hole but saw no one there. He retreated back to working on improving his perfection. When again, he stopped, because he heard the sound of weeping at his back door. He tiptoed to the back window and peered outside. But he saw no one. He hunched his shoulders and went back to working on improving his perfection.
Now, all day long and throughout the night, this man who wanted to become perfect was awakened by weeping sounds flowing throughout his entire house. By the next morning, this man who thought himself to be perfect was beside himself.
“I tell you,” he said to himself. “Something is happening to me. Am I going crazy? Is there really weeping I am hearing…or is this a terrible trick someone is playing on me?”
As the man who wanted to be perfect sat down to drink a cup of coffee and eat a slice of toast. He began to hear the weeping sound once again. But this time, it was even closer than he could imagine.
Soon, the weeping became so loud that the man who wanted to be perfect couldn’t control himself any longer.’
Much to his surprise as he glanced down into his cup of black coffee and took notice of the reflection of his face. That is when he realized where the weeping was coming from.
It was coming from him.
The man who wanted to be perfect had discovered that his desire to be perfect, had made him a lonely and bitter man.
He had to acknowledged that he himself had created an imperfect life for himself.
At that moment, the man who wanted to be perfect had a decision to make.
Was perfection worth the loneliness?
Everyone who reads this story has time to think about this man’s journey for perfection. Are you like the man who desires to be perfect?
Or are you content in being who God created you to be?
Think on it.
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2016 The Year of Our Lord