One of the judges on AGT made this comment after one of the contestants messed up their acrobatic act, and wanted a do over - "This isn’t America's Got Perfection; it's called America's Got Talent". Another judge, Simon Cowell, added this - "I don’t think there’s ever been a singer on any of our competitions who’s been note-perfect. It still doesn’t make them not amazing. It makes them human."
No one is perfect. We falsely label people as "perfectionists". It is just another way to describe people who are difficult to work or live with. Some people put pressure on themselves and when they mess up, they think that they are not good enough. And we tend to judge others harshly when they fall below our expectations of them.
We may not always say the right words. We will not always be on target with our actions or attitudes. Our marriages or relationships will not always be trouble free. And we will not always get an opportunity for a do over after we fail.
The Lord knows that no human being will every attain perfection in this lifetime. That is why He makes His Grace available to us. Through the Grace of God, we can live with ourselves even when we fall short and we can be tolerant of others who do the same.
If the judges of a talent show that focuses on performance could be so kind in their words about a mess up, imagine how much more kindness God has for us, even when we let Him down. So today, lift up your head; walk tall, because of Jesus' Blood, God's Grace is upon you. And we are called to help others understand and receive His Grace too.
Summer Blessings, Pastor