Hebrews 12: 1 (NIV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,

and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.


God is perfect!

We aren’t!

I know I just told you in the previous lesson that practice makes perfect, but I’ll let you in on a secret. Perfection isn’t possible! Unfortunately, lots of people make themselves miserable trying to be just that.

We spend way too much time, effort, and worry comparing ourselves to others. Nothing good can come from it. Either we become arrogant if we decide we’re better than the other person. Or it will discourage us when we realize we can never be as good as that person.

Let’s take a closer look at Hebrews 12: 1.

The race marked out for us. God created each of us as unique individuals. In the same way, he created each of us for a unique purpose. Each of us have our own race to run. Comparing ourselves to others has nothing to do with whether we finish the face God created for us.

We can’t all be the next John Grisham or Stephen King. We can’t all be the best in our field, the most popular, or the most well-known. Life just doesn’t work that way. It would be great if that happened, but it’s not reality. And if we let that steal our peace and joy, it will affect our relationship with God.

Perfection may not attainable, but that doesn’t mean mediocrity should be our goal. In Colossians 3: 23, it says that whatever our hand finds to do, do it for God. With that being the standard, mediocrity isn’t an option. Doing the best we can. pleases God.

Perfection isn’t possible, but being the best you can be is always possible.

We honor God by living a life of excellence.


This is an excerpt/summarization from GOD, LIFE, & HULA HOOPS. To buy the book or get it free with Kindle Unlimited, click on the link.


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