The Picture of Perfection

Mot 1

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God,
with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through
Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
ROMANS 3:23–24 NLT

Have you ever met someone who seems to be perfect in every way? Perfect
grades. Perfect clothes. Perfect family. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? How come
she and her life are perfect and you and your life aren’t?

Truth is, no one and no thing is perfect—except God. Some people and their
lives might seem that way, but they’re really not. And it’s because people are
not perfect that we need God so much! So don’t let your flaws and your messups
keep you from realizing that you are all God wants you to be. After all, He
doesn’t expect you to be perfect. (What a relief, right?)

So does that mean you shouldn’t keep aiming for excellence? Of course not!
God wants you to do the best you can. But remember that even when you mess
up (and you will), you can run back to Him and ask for forgiveness and
guidance. He’ll forgive all of your sins then whisper, “I love you, precious
girl! Now walk this way.”

Dear Lord, thank You for not expecting me to be perfect!
It helps to know You will always love me, in spite of my mess-ups!

— Janice Hanna


Motivation: Awaken


Wake up! Refuse to sleepwalk through your life any longer.

Wake up! Open your eyes and dare to see the world in a new and different way.

Wake up! Awaken your passion for life and awaken it in those around you. Awaken yourself spiritually. Find something larger than yourself to believe in. Find a way to lift yourself above the mundane.

Wake up! Take a long, hard look at all you’ve been missing, and decide not to miss any more. Awaken your senses, your intuition, and your desires. Awaken the parts of yourself that have been sleeping.

Wake up, and don’t go back to sleep.

Life is a dream, and to live it, you must be awake.

– Rachel Snyder

Motivation: Allow


Allow yourself to ask for what you need. Allow yourself to need help, to need love, to need other people. Give yourself permission to say This is what I need, to say it without shame, without guilt. Now allow yourself to receive what is offered. Allow yourself to be human. Allow yourself the luxury of screwing up now and then, of being less than perfect. Allow yourself to lay it all down and breathe. Now allow someone else to help you pick up the pieces. Give her permission to love you in the only way she knows how. Every so often, allow yourself to forget about the bills and the phone calls and the deadlines. Allow yourself the freedom to feel exactly how you feel, to be exactly where you are in any given moment. Allow others the freedom to do the same.

– Rachel Snyder

Motivation: Acceptance


Recognize what you can change and what you can’t. In every moment, accept that everything is as it should be. Accept that your body is round and fat and glorious. Just love it. Accept that you don’t do things the way everyone else does. Just embrace it. Accept that sometimes your belly hurts, sometimes you don’t have enough money to pay the light bill, sometimes life is too hard. Just cry and move through it. Accept that you can’t do it all and who would want to, anyway? Accept a kind word. Don’t apologize. Accept a gift no matter how big, how small. Say “Thank you.” without embarrassment. Accept that life isn’t always fair and find the wonder in that, too. Don’t accept things that aren’t yours, like misdirected shame and blame. Like credit for someone else’s accomplishment. Like disrespect. Accept everything you are and nothing you are not.

– Rachel Snyder