My friend, may I ask you a question? Who is your hero? When growing up did you have an idol, someone you aspired to be like? How perfect was this person relative to real perfection? In the end, was your idol as good as you thought he or she would be?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
There are few among us who growing up didn’t set someone up as that person we would aspire to be like. When I was growing up it was Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. I wanted to be like Starr. He had athletic talent, superior character, good looks, was respected as a gentleman, and he was a winner not a whiner. I had a life-size poster of Starr that was taped on the inside of my bedroom door while in college. I would look at it every morning and tell myself that even though I wasn’t an athlete like Starr, I could be a winner like him. Everyone loved and respected Starr, so I couldn’t think of anyone else I would rather aspire to be like. It was a high goal, but it was a goal that helped me to become both successful in college and as an employee and supervisor in the work world for over 40 years.
When I think of it now, however, how realistic was that goal? I had the opportunity to meet Starr years later at a fundraising dinner. He certainly was gracious, but as a speaker he was ordinary. He also turned out to be shorter than I thought he would be. Overall his level of perfection dropped a few notches for me. As an idol he was good but not perfect. Could I have chosen a better model of perfection?
Here’s a humorous riddle about perfection. There was a perfect man who met a perfect woman. After a perfect courtship, they had a perfect wedding. Their life together was, of course, perfect. One snowy, stormy Christmas Eve this perfect couple was driving along a winding road when they noticed someone at the roadside in distress. Being the perfect couple, they stopped to help. There stood Santa Claus with a huge bundle of toys. Not wanting to disappoint any children on the eve of Christmas, the perfect couple loaded Santa and his toys into their vehicle. Soon they were driving along delivering the toys. Unfortunately, the driving conditions deteriorated and the perfect couple and Santa Claus had an accident. Only one of them survived the accident. Who was the survivor? Answer: The perfect woman. Everyone knows there is no Santa Claus and there is no such thing as a perfect man. (unknown)
Jesus gives us the answer both to this riddle and my aspirations growing up in Matthew 5:48. He says that we should be perfect “like our heavenly Father.” There may be no Santa Claus but there is a perfect man–Jesus Christ. He is telling us that we ought to choose him as our idol when it comes to shaping and molding our life. Bart Starr was a great role model in many ways, but he can’t measure up to a divine stature or Godlike ability to do all things perfectly. If I measured up to Bart Starr that would make me a good man. When I strive to measure up to Christ it makes me a perfected man; a better goal by far.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus Christ, the perfect man and perfect God. As he lives in us may we always aspire to his Godlike perfection above all else. Forgive us when we look to the world as a standard of how to live a perfected life when we need look no farther than the God-man, Jesus Christ. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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