John Legend has a love song called “All of Me.”
It’s a song about two people who are madly in love with each other (I’d like to think it’s between a husband and wife), and there’s a line in the song that always gets my attention:
“Cause all of me loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges, All your perfect imperfections.”
But loving her “perfect imperfections” always gets my attention….it catches me off-guard…The imperfect is perfect.
Without the imperfection she wouldn’t be as perfect?
So I got to thinking about some things that are perfect imperfections:
- Distressed wood
- a broke in baseball mitt
- grey hair
- (oh, and when did our culture decide it’s cool for a man to be bald?)
- mosaics of broken glass
- a quirky smile
But, what’s so perplexing about this is that we live in a world which pursues the perfect, the sterile, the pristine, the model, or the super-spiritual person who seemingly has it all together.
Granted, we are not in the perfect state we were created for in the beginning, and granted our imperfections are a result of our sin nature, but this leads me to ask a challenging question:
Is there something we are missing by trying to be so perfect all the time? Are we missing our perfect imperfections? And, what could be so perfect about our imperfections?
The Scripture for today reveals something we could be missing:
1 Corinthians. 12: 9,10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul, here had been talking about his “thorn in the flesh,” which has been debated as to what that actually was. Some think it was a physical condition like a disfigurement, or epilepsy, or migraine headaches. Others think it was temptations of some kind.
Whatever it was, it was some kind of battle, or difficulty that would seemingly get in the way of his effectiveness. Yet, he found the key was in seeing his imperfection as something God could use perfectly.
We see in this passage that God mysteriously shines through our weaknesses and our brokenness and uses these things for His glory.
We can look at this truth from two different angles:
First we need to see and embrace our own and each others imperfections with grace, knowing that some of them are God designed.
Second, let God use your imperfections, your trials, your brokenness, by leaning into Him, drawing on His strength, and talking about how He is working in your situation. He will then use some of them to help others.
He will turn your imperfections into perfections.