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Perfection even when there is nothing

December 11, 2007

Recently I have been talking to someone about the story of Job (from the Bible) and how all of us go through times in our lives when we experience loss and pain. We have been talking about how the story of Job can be an encouragement during that process. I don’t know why God put certain stories in the Bible for us to read and refer to, but I do trust that they are there for a purpose.

Today I received this quote, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

During this season there are many whose lives are filled with an abundance of blessings both in relationships and material things. My heart has been moved though by those who don’t have that abundance such as Washington residents who have lost their homes, possessions, and businesses in a storm; the family and friends of mall shoppers who were killed by a shooter; and two YWAM staff workers and two teenage girls who were killed by a man in Colorado this weekend. There are those in this world who experience tremendous loss, but who are still being faithful and strong in the face of having nothing. I hope we can learn to be people like that.

We can’t know what tomorrow holds. It may be blessing, or it may be loss. In the face of both, God is present. He is able to see the big picture that we often can’t, and sometimes we need to go through those tough times in order to be shaped, changed, and refined so he can make us perfect.

May Paul’s charge to Timothy inspire you to hold on and be faithful during those tough times. ”But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

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