The Imperfect Art of Perfection

By Guest Blogger Eric

The scripture “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Heavenly Father which is in heaven in perfect” (Matthew 5:48), has often caused me to groan in despair. The idea of reaching perfection seems so impossible; why even try?

I recall having similar feelings of inadequacy while attending art school. My drawings often looked rough and sloppy. I could see the finished result perfectly in my mind, but transferring that vision to my hands was nearly impossible. I was fortunate to be surrounded by instructors who would help me recognize and correct my mistakes. I was inspired and driven by my classmates to constantly work to improve my abilities. And when I felt down and needed to believe in myself, my family was always near.

I remember specifically a time when giving up seemed the best option. My final projects were soon due and I was sure I would be dismissed from the art program. I was overwhelmed with my studies, working a job after school, and felt unworthy to ask for help from my Heavenly Father because of past mistakes.

Late in the evening, I found the courage to kneel by the side of my bed and open up my heart to my Heavenly Father. During the prayer, a sense of peace and warmth filled me. A feeling let me know everything was going to be okay. Looking back, a lot of the stress was brought on by my requirement to be “perfect” in all areas in my life. My Heavenly Father’s expectations were much different.

I now know that mistakes, sin, missed expectations and ugly drawings are all part of a greater plan—a plan that often compels me to be humble and ask for constant guidance from my Heavenly Father. I have recently come to love a verse of scripture found in the Book of Mormon:

“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” Ether 12:27

Our Heavenly Father sent us to this earth life knowing that we would be imperfect. Through his infinite love and wisdom a Savior was provided to pay for the sins of all mankind, even mine. Through his atonement a way is provided to return back to my loving Heavenly Father. To partake of the healing power of the atonement I need to strive to be humble and follow the Savior.

As I have relied on my Heavenly Father, some of my weaknesses have become strengths. I know even though there are still struggles, He is there and none of us is ever alone.

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  1. Mark Reply

    Eric, thank you for sharing your experience. There are few people who know you create all of the great images for Small and Simple Truths. You are so incredibly talented and your gifts bless everyone around you.

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