Do I have to be perfect?

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Maybe you think you have to comply to a certain image. An image at school, at work, at your friend’s. An image that you think: ‘well, others expect me to be as such’. Or an image that you have in your own mind that you think: ‘I have to be like that’. It can be that you have created a certain perfect image that you think I have to be perfect in what I do, in my behavior, in my work. And it may be as such that you think and that you do not allow yourself to make mistakes. Because if you make a mistake, you do not comply to that image anymore, and you are unhappy with yourself, so you feel bad: ‘I made a mistake!’. And now I am not what others expect me to be, or what I thought I should be. But that makes life difficult, and the question is: why do you make life so difficult? Because God does not expect you to be perfect. As is written also in Liberatie 104, regel 1-4:

“God hoeft slechts te spreken en een perfecte mens is daar; niets te leren en in de wieg in wezen al klaar. God schept echter iedere mens doelbewust perfect ímperfect, met een talentontwikkelingstraject”

So God could have created us perfect, we could have been born perfect, which means that we didn’t have anything to learn. But the question is: what would have been our purpose in life? Because being created perfectly imperfect means that you have the opportunity to develop your talents, and to learn what you may learn. And then you can show to God that you want to live in a relationship with Him. But learning something automatically means that you make mistakes. Just as someone who tries to learn to play the guitar. When someone never hits a false note, it is likely that he will never have touched that guitar.

Because learning something means you will make a mistake. But God is not primarily looking at your mistakes. He does not have a sort of abacus and is counting every mistake you are making. Instead, he looks at your intention, your commitment. He measures your heart. And if you show to him: ‘I want to live in that relationship’. You know that you don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to meet any expectations. You can be who you are, and you will be who you are destined to be.

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