February 24, 2016 – The Disappointed Perfectionist

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“Everyone makes mistakes–that’s why there is an eraser on every pencil” –Unknown

     My little girl, Hadli, is a perfectionist just like her mother. She is progressing beautifully through kindergarten but occasionally forgets about that little piece of rubber on the end of her pencil. I’ll hear her at the table with her teacher, my wife, expressing deep regret over a mistake that she sees as irreparable. “That’s what the eraser is for,” I hear my wife remind my relieved daughter. Hadli has pencils, paper, scissors, supply bags, project materials, and scheduled field trips but one of the most necessary instruments among her supplies is her eraser.

How often do we get bogged down over our repetitive, petty mistakes? It’s as if we actually think that at some point we are going to achieve perfection in this life. The reason Jesus went to the cross for you and I was because our Father knew that there would never come a day where we would no longer stand in need of an eraser. All of life is a stumbling, struggling education process.

That tiny little piece of rubber in Hadli’s tool bag represents human insufficiency. We can see the cross in this picture. Whether we care to admit it or not, we need it every day and we can rest in the fact that God isn’t surprised by our need for it.

Submitted by Zach Whitsel

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