June 1, 2010 I published the last issue (at least for a while) of Girl Talk my teen girl magazine. Since this blog was originally designed for the purpose of publishing weekly devotions for the magazine and later the magazine itself I decided to create another blog that isn’t connected to Girl Talk.

I’ll probably still publish book reviews or other items here now and again but you’ll more often find me at Trusting Him with Today. I hope you’ll stop by

May 28, 2007

Not Quite Perfect

For the past few days I've been reposting some of my favorite articles from Girl Talk Magazine. I thought this one that I wrote a few years ago fit this week's IOW's topic.

“Lower your expectations of earth. This isn’t heaven, so don’t expect it to be.”
Max Lucado

On Friday nights at 10:00p.m I enjoy watching the television show Monk. Adrian Monk, the main character is a genius crime solver with an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Everything in Monk’s world has to be just the way he likes it or he can’t function.

In the last episode I watched, Monk had an opportunity to take a test, which if he passed would help him get reinstated on the police force, something he wants more than anything. Unfortunately for Monk he did not pass the test. His ‘disorder’ kicked in just as he sat down. If he did not fill the circle on the answer sheet perfectly he erased it and started over again. He did this continuously until the paper tore. Then he’d ask for a new answer sheet. This self-defeating and unproductive cycle went on until time was up and he had not gotten past the first question.

Monk continuously sabotages himself because everything has to be perfect, to his exact specification in order for him to perform. However, it’s difficult for everything to be perfect in an imperfect world. Let’s face it none of us is quite perfect, all of our halos get a little crooked and we make mistakes now and again. But you have to learn to deal with it; If you find it difficult to look past the imperfections of others life is going to be frustrating and disappointing for you. So my advice to you is to remember these three words… not quite perfect.

Not quite perfect… whisper this to yourself when it seems as if you’re the only perfectly sane person in an imperfect and crazy world. I’ve felt that way a few times. In fact, I chant the words “not quite perfect” quite a lot. But in all seriousness, remember to find your own place of acceptance and tolerance to the weaknesses of others and yourself. We are all striving for perfection but none of us is quite there yet.

Girl Talk
March/May ‘04

For more thoughts on this week's IOW visit Iris at Sting My Heart


eph2810 said...

Amen to that, Bernadine. I like that "not quite perfect" - maybe I should post that around my house and in the office to remember that we are only made perfect through Him.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this week's IOW quote.

Have a wonderful day, my friend.

Denise said...

I enjoyed this post, bless you.

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Amen Bernadine! I love your blog and what you do with it. You are an inspiration. May the Lord bless you this week and always.

In his endless love,

Angel( Angel Mama )

Finding JOY in the Morning said...

"Not quite perfect" - OH yes! What a great perspective. Thanks for shairng.

Blessings ~ Loni

Julie said...

Oh... my baby (15 years old) erases paper until there is holes. She also threw out a science project once because she decided hers wasn't as good as other kids...

Not quite perfect ~ but loved!

Hannah's Hope said...

Great reminder! I would love to add a link to your blog from my Inner Beauty Girlz blog at http://www.mineralz.blogspot.com if that's OK with you???

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