Joanne Jamis Cain is a steward of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. She has been married to the love of her life, Jim for thirty five years. They have two beautiful children and two grandchildren. Joanne is a wedding and event planner. Visit her blog at http://katherinesdaughter.com/. Her first book "Ordinary Is Extraordinary" was published in spring of 2016.
I am a self admitted perfectionist. In my work, home, and personal life, I struggle to do my absolute best. Sometimes I please others, sometimes I fall short. Over the years, I’ve learned that I cannot control the way others interpret what I do or say. Strive as I might, I will never please everyone all of the time.
When I fall short, I know that God loves me, imperfections and all. I can strive for perfectionism but deep down I know that I will never achieve it. This is because only He is perfect. To expect to never fail or make mistakes is unreasonable and sets me up for sadness or depression.
I am grateful for God’s love. When I am challenged in any given situation, I remember that if I do my best, God will handle the rest. He never hurries but He’s always on time.
The holidays are coming up. Imagine being around family or friends that challenge you personally. What if we took the time for prayer and meditation before we arrive at a family gathering? I will often ask God to guide me through difficult situations. I rely on Him for guidance and support. Often, I will remain quiet in stressful situations, allowing God to intervene where others are struggling. I do not need to always have the answers.
Do you remember the story of how Saul became Paul? Saul did not believe in Jesus and was out to persecute Him. On the way from Jerusalem to Damascus, God sent a blinding light and Saul was unable to see (Acts 9: 1-22). Ananias, in a role guided by our Lord, was sent to restore Saul’s vision three days later.
Saul became the Apostle Paul. He guided many churches, bishops, and Christians to Christ’s love. He worked tirelessly, writing and visiting churches, spreading the word. Imagine the challenges he faced. Without St. Paul, I cannot imagine what our Christian world would be like today.
If we are steadfast in our love of Christ and endeavor to give that love freely and completely, we can come as near to perfection as we will ever be. Strive to be open to guidance from our Lord and watch how your life will transform.
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