I came across this expression recently which says, “We are born to be real, not perfect.”
How warm, accepting, and relieving are these words. They are bound to resonate with anyone feeling pressure to be more than they think they are. However, there are key components in this statement that should be looked at closer…What is being real? What is being perfect? Being real does not mean simply accepting or acknowledging things as they appear, it involves looking into things until you find what is true. The only way to be sure of what is real and what is false is by seeking knowledge from the Creator; the one who has made all that is real. If you can surrender to that Truth, then there is a path for you to learn what is real and to incorporate it into your being, so you can be real as well. Acceptance is only the first step toward becoming real. After acceptance, we must then be prepared to leave the false to enter that which is true. This is also known as sanctification. The cleansing by the Creator from that which has been inbred from the cultures of this world, to what He made us to be from creation. Holy scripture encourages us to be in this world but not of this world. This path will actually bring you to perfection, because everything that the Creator has made is good and perfect in its unadulterated form. The Creator has promised that if you seek, you will find.
When we surrender our own ideas about life, in order to give way to the knowledge that comes from GOD, we find harmony that yields eternal peace in our soul. The world’s counsel always puts relieving pain as the priority above the cause of pain. The culture of this world always focuses on the temporary instead of the eternal. We can try to appease the yearnings of our truest self, beckoning to be realized…we can try to smother the fire of our potential burning within us by removing the oxygen of hope…we can try to reason away the conviction that comes from living beneath ourselves…we can try to hide from reality by either sensory deprivation or sensory overload…all of these acts will take more effort and be less fulfilling than just surrendering to the Creator and asking Him to save your soul with real Life. If you cry out to Him in sincerity, He will answer in an undeniable way. The Word of GOD says:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”