The Pursuit of Perfection in Perspective
You’ve heard it all before; Sacrifice, persistence, practice, focus and commitment. In all walks of life, the pursuit of perfection is a common journey, whether it be in professional sports, careers or any other venture. Additionally, the dedication required to pursue perfection is not a sometime thing, it is many times a lifetime endeavor.
Examples in professional sports includes winning the Super Bowl in the NFL (National Football League), pitching a perfect game in MLB (Major League Baseball), winning a Gold Medal in the Olympics, bowling a perfect game of 300, winning the Boston Marathon, and on and on and on.
In the business world, it includes being the most profitable, creating that “New Thing” product (like the iPad or iPhone), Google Search Engine, a successful or perfect merger or acquisition, become the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of a notable company, being honored with a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, a Nobel Peace Prize, or becoming President of the United States.
Indeed, the pursuit of perfection requires steadfast dedication, fervent preparation, unwavering commitment and mostly, hard work and focus. As human beings, the pursuit of perfection itself has almost reached “cult” status as we hear and read story after story after story of some individual or team accomplishing the seemingly impossible.
So then, let’s turn to Faith. As Christians, we are already painfully aware of our imperfections as human beings. We also acknowledge the existence of only ONE flawless, perfect Supreme or Divine Being; God. To the point, considering the larger picture of our existence in the universe, which pursuit of perfection is (or should be) more important? Is it sports or business, a hobby or perhaps our spiritual well-being that is manifested by our human and physical life?
I offer that if people dedicated as much energy, focus and attention to their spiritual lives and faith as they (we) do to sports, jobs/careers and hobbies/personal interests, that the world would a more peaceful place and provide an even better opportunity to live, grow, share and experience Love and Joy.
But, we have to first ask ourselves and as an understatement, be honest with ourselves; what are the priorities in our lives? Are they respectively, God/Faith, Family, Country and Career? Or, could it be that we sometimes have these items in a different order? The obvious answer, of course, is that many times we do; because we are in fact, imperfect beings. Let us not, however, use this fact as a crutch or excuse to prevent or deny ourselves from making changes (Real Changes) in our lives that will enable each of us to live more disciplined lives and ultimately, become closer to God.
Ringing in a New Year is always an apropos time to consider, evaluate and establish these types of changes or commitments. They are truly meaningless, however, if we do not fully engage our complete selves and commit to making them happen. And, most importantly, to regularly and frequently assess our progress in reaching or striving to achieve each one.
I contend that caring and nurturing for our spiritual being or self is hands-down not only the most critical or essential aspect of our entire existence as human beings, it without doubt is also the most challenging.
Let us pray to find the unwavering courage, commitment and faith to do just that in 2013, and forward. God bless us all.
- Following Jesus: Finding the Rhythm (oldsongnewdance.wordpress.com)
Posted on January 4, 2013, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Theology, Truths, Videos and tagged Aaron Rodgers, God, leadership, New Year Resolution, NFL, Nobel Peace Prize, Olympic Gold, Perfection, Perspective, religion, spirituality, Sports, Steve Jobs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.