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The Imperfect Man

September 13, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

To have a “perfect track record,” to have everything going right and essentially to always win in life sounds like a good thing – and in all honesty it actually is nice to always win in life.  It’s great when everything is just perfect.  It’s not wrong to aspire and enjoy the easy life.  After all, we’re only human, and it would be a great dishonesty to think that it wouldn’t be in our nature to seek such a life.  However the man whose life is dotted with both wins and losses is the one of ultimately greater value.

Failures teach lessons.  Disappointments build character.  Losses lead to an appreciation of what one still has and a sincere gratitude for whatever one gains.  It’s in the midst of weakness where the hidden blessing of strength can be found, if one is serious enough to work hard enough to find it.

So, between someone who is perfect and seems to have it all versus someone who still has “a lot of work to do,” who is the better man?

He is the one who lives through and suffers his share of trials and losses and comes out not just a survivor but a warrior.  In his own way, he walks in the valleys of the shadows of death (Psalm 23:4) and emerges as one without fear.  His experiences with bitter defeat make his victories even sweeter.

He is the one who is wounded and broken, and thus knows and shows compassion to his fellowmen who are also wounded and broken.  He is also a sinner like everyone else, in constant need of God’s mercy and love for as long as he lives.  He knows how vulnerable he can be.  He weeps because he also gets hurt, sometimes through his own fault, and he acknowledges this.

He is the one who is humble because he knows better than to be proud and let his ego run wild.  He also makes mistakes.  He knows that he doesn’t know everything and will not pretend to know everything; he learns from others.

He is the one who puts himself out there, incurring deep battle scars as a result of learning what works and what doesn’t, and what’s meant to be and what’s not.  The knowledge and experience he gains can never be matched by any instruction from books read in the safety of the classroom.  He is the one that knows firsthand that life is not fair because she’s such a bitch, and just deals with it to the best that he can.

He is the one who ends up wiser in how the world works, stronger in dealing with difficult challenges, more resilient when confronted with pain, and flexible and nimble in the face of constant and disruptive change.

The man that has something to prove will try harder, fight harder and love harder.  The man with angst in his life is the one with more drive in his heart and more fire in his soul.  He is that man who goes through life and gives it everything he’s got.

The imperfect man with an imperfect life is ironically the better man in the end.

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