Guess what? No one is perfect — but you may already know that.
Michael Jordan was pretty close, except for that gambling addiction. Pete Rose wasn’t bad either, but then, he had the same problem.
John F. Kennedy was a compelling, rock star president with a foxy wife. But his behind-the-scenes indiscretions are legendary.
Even the apostle Peter, who is considered the foundation and rock of the church, had trouble admitting who he knew, whenever a cock crowed.
So, it’s apparently true that everyone has a weakness or two. But are those weaknesses really weaknesses?
Obviously an all-knowing, omnipresent God could have created each of us to be absolutely perfect. Then again, maybe God knew exactly what he was doing, and that’s why he created us with imperfections.
For example, what would happen if the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees met in the World Series, and they were both perfect? The games would go on forever and that would be boring.
Or what if you knew each day that, because of your perfection and the perfection of everyone else, that nothing could ever go wrong? Life would be mundane, spiritless and wearisome.
And yet, even though each of us and our world is perfectly imperfect, there are some things in the world that are so wonderful, I might actually label them perfect.
For example, dipping your hand into a truckload of freshly harvested wheat is perfect. Biting into Mom’s well-buttered slice of fresh, warm, homemade bread is perfect. Waking up in the midst of a weekend nap and realizing that you can go right back to sleep is perfect. And using a warm towel, fresh out of the dryer, is perfect.
The first slurp of a very cold beer on a very hot day is perfect. Having your mother give you your grandfather’s windup pocket watch is perfect. Having your spouse or son be proud of you is perfect. And almost any hug is perfect.
Being forgiven for a mistake is perfect. Cereal soaked in milk for just the right amount of time is perfect. Soft ice cream with marshmallow topping is perfect. And the smell outside after a rain shower is perfect.
Actor Nicholas Cage said that what makes people fascinating is conflict, drama and the human condition. Nobody wants to watch perfection, he said.
Likewise, actor Michael J. Fox said that he is careful not to confuse excellence with perfection because excellence is something he can reach for, but perfection is God’s business.
One beautiful summer day, long ago, when I was a small child, I rode with my retired grandparents to their farm south of my hometown, a stone’s throw from the Montana and Canadian border.
After spending that whole day messing around, my grandfather drove the 8 or so miles back to town at what I thought was an excruciatingly slow pace, as he admired both the summer evening and fields on both sides of the highway.
“We’ve got all the time in the world,” he said at the time, as he often did.
What he was really saying is, “This situation is perfect.”
It took me decades to realize that.