Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My own medicine

I've been talking a lot these days about setting attainable goals. I have a bit of a confession: I don't.

I set impossible goals for myself and make task lists, schedules, reading lists, and milestones that would make a 5-man team groan. I do this because I want to do and be everything and I want it now. Then I experience the crushing disappointment of discovering that I'm not Superman, I'm just Clark.

Does this sound familiar?

But then I read this:
"...let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:4
Perfection isn't a product of frenzy, it is a product of patience. The ESV calls it "steadfastness." Steady, patient, dedicated, enduring, committed, empowered, perfected. They don't sound like me, do they sound like you?

Maybe, if not, don't be discouraged (I say to myself). This is all part of the process of learning to be weak, learning to be humiliated, and letting yourself be made perfect.

(one bite at a time...)

What are the impossible expectations you have of yourself?
How are you learning to be weak?


  1. Shucks. I'm just Clark, too. Clark with a whole lot of unachievable expectations. :( Patience...I should definitely get some of that stuff.

  2. Haha, when you find a convenient place to pick some up let me know!!