Where is that Perfect Teacher?

Whether it be teacher, preacher, writer, director, author, pastor, or boss, it all comes down to a single precept – they are ALL significantly flawed.

Yes, that’s right, it’s a topic no one wants to talk about or admit.  After all, admitting that we are flawed is a sign of weakness, right?  But, it is the truth.

However, even if we are told and reminded that no one is perfect, we still would like to see perfection in those who are in leadership, and we are disappointed when they show signs of weakness, or heaven forbid, when they fail.

Their failure stuns us, causes us to reevaluate, causes us to doubt, makes us unsure about placing our trust in anyone in the future.

But, what is that old saying, “To err is human; to forgive Divine?”  How quickly we forget that we ourselves are also flawed.  We may be saved, and anointed, but you are still human, too.  Humans make mistakes.

So, how does that work?  How does God expect humans to carry forward His perfect plan, and His perfect message, when the vessels He uses to deliver His plan and message are flawed and less than perfect?  Yes, the mystery….

When Christ died on the cross, the torch for delivering the gospel was passed into the hands of fallible and flawed humans.  Was this a mistake?  No.  Now, let’s be perfectly clear.  We are to strive for perfection.  And there are times when we may act, think, and speak perfectly.  All of this is good, but there are also times when things don’t go as well.  We don’t say the right things.  We don’t act in a perfect way.  Our thinking is flawed.

The remedy is two-fold – 1) forgiveness for the person involved, and 2) tolerance by others that are involved.

We probably understand #1, but there seems to be much less understanding on #2.  Let me see if I can illustrate.

If someone does me wrong and asks forgiveness, I may forgive them.  If they continue to repeat the offense my tolerance decreases, and I may reach a point where I do not forgive them.  Unless…..

Unless, they are my child, or my parents, or my spouse.  Then things are different.  My tolerance limits have changed.  In other words, I don’t apply the same tolerance to all people – it is selective.  I choose how much tolerance I’m willing to commit to.  I apply more tolerance when it is ‘family’.

So, here’s the rub…   In the family Christ has created, we are all family.  So, why can’t the same tolerance be applied as if they were our own flesh and blood family?


One Response to “Where is that Perfect Teacher?”

  1. beamcguire@gmail.com Says:

    Excellent read and it can be applied if we rely on Him and not in our own strength! Blessings…

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