Is my blog perfect? Without grammatical mistakes? Typographical errors? Misspelled words? Or incorrect punctuation?
By now, many of you are chuckling. “No way, Ken. You’ve haven’t published a perfect blog in 5 years!”
However, the real answer isn’t as easy as it appears.
It depends whether or not Norma Jean has proofed the blog before I publish it. If she hasn’t, it depends on the time of day you read it. If you are an early morning reader, you’ll probably see some mistakes. If you read later in the day, after I update and correct the mistakes, it may appear perfect.
It also depends on how carefully you read it. With a quick and cursory perusing, you may not notice any mistakes. Even if there are some.
It may depend on how critically you read it. I don’t mean critical in a negative sense. But if you are an English teacher, you may notice things others don’t even know are mistakes.
It may depend of whether you like my style of writing. I tend to write in short sentences. Sometimes incomplete sentences. I often take literary licence with my writing. Technically, that may not be correct. And would receive a grade reduction in a college composition class. Depending on the professor.
“What’s the point?” you ask.
Well, it’s not really about my blog. But my life. And yours. It occurred to me that my life is a lot like my blog. Is it perfect? Well, it depends.
It depends who’s looking. And when they’re looking. And how they’re looking.
It depends on how you define “perfect.”
I make mistakes. But you may not notice. I may have corrected them when you see me. Or at some point under pressure, I may not respond appropriately. Yet, that single slip does not characterize the general nature of my Christian walk.
You may look at me through the filter of your own personal opinion. Your preferences. Your personality. Your education. Your values.
Yet the reality is, my life like my blog, is not perfect. Not sinless. Not without flaw. To say that I’ve arrived at perfection would be an outrageous claim The Bible says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (I Jn 1:8).
Even the great apostle Paul admitted, in his old age, that he was still working, growing, and pressing forward toward perfection (Phil 1:12-15). In fact, Paul described in detail his spiritual battle against the desires of flesh. “ “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Rom. 7:13-25). It is the struggle of every man.
However, neither Paul’s past life or present imperfections caused him to quit. Rather, he said, “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” And so must we all.
Thankfully we serve a just God who does not view us through human lens. Or the prejudice of fellow-man. He sees not only our actions, but our attitudes. Our motives. Our passion. And our heart. God is perfect in His assessment. Furthermore, He loves us and extends His grace towards us.. He is patient. Forgiving. And merciful. (Eph 2:1-10). That fact does not give us a licence to purposefully make mistakes. But it does offer us help, hope and comfort.
I have a friend in Florida who signs her emails, “He’s still working on me to make me what I ought to be.” I know the feeling.
So, today, I will try to write an error free post. And will strive to live a Christian life pleasing to the Lord. If I make a mistake, gently advise me. And I promise to correct it.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman