Someone said this in my small group the other night, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head, so I put it on paper. So often my greatest fear is imperfection-- in big ways, and small ones too. I have always been afraid of correction. Like, "in my first job out of school cried at the mere idea of receiving feedback from my manager" afraid. (Yikes! ). But when I step away from the initial fear, and think of the times I've failed, the really big failures, to the point of feeling irredeemable, it has always placed me in a position where I could do nothing except turn to God. Right where he wanted me all along. And those opportunities, where I've let myself be rebuilt by his will and not my own, where he has the chance to redeem my failure-- that's the good stuff, right where he wants us.Don't take any of this as me saying to initially try to fail (although we can learn so much from failure), or not strive to be like Jesus, who was perfect. But if we fear anything but perfection and hold to it so tightly, we actually fail to let Gods redemption seep into our marrow, his redemptive power that is the only thing that can truly change us.