Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Only Redeeming Quality is Imperfection

There is more than one thing my wife and I disagree about, but one of them is pillows.  She likes them - I hate them.  It's as simple as that.  For Petra, every good couch must have at least 5 pillows.  For me, every pillow that's on the couch decreases the value by 1 notch.  But my wife uses the couch more, so she gets her way.  And I'm fine with that.

But when I began experimenting with my new camera the other day, the pillow caught my eye.  I realized that it was the flaw in the pillow that attracted me to it.  Though if it were my choice I'd get rid of the pillows altogether, this particular cushion had a redeeming quality - its imperfection.

It reminded me of the passage that's recorded in both Matthew and Mark where Jesus has compassion on the crowd because they were like "sheep without a shepherd".  He didn't take notice because they were outstanding people - in fact it was just the opposite.  The religious elite were constantly being rebuked by Jesus.  But it was towards the poor, the needy, the imperfections of society that Jesus showed compassion. 

And those are the people who are redeemable. 

I'm at my worst when I think highly of myself.  But the times that I am reminded of my need for a Savior are when I am most satisfied.  My awareness of my imperfections are what allows me to be redeemed.  Thank God He is sufficient to cover my flaws with His perfection.

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