In a talk during sacrament once, a missionary said one definition of "perfect" was "complete," and if we think about how Jesus perfects us in this manner — instead of making our actions done in a perfect way — we can grow closer to Him. I have been trying to live by this ever since. Many people might read that, or this scripture, as we are not made whole without Christ, as in, we have no inherent worth. And that is not true. You can see it right in His address to this woman — Daughter. Rather it refers to the thought of exaltation. When our spirits and our bodies form and we grow to be the fullest version of ourselves, the versions God knew we could be.
I imagine how it would feel to hear those words, instead of just knowing them. I believe I will one day. And I think about how I can become whole here on Earth. I do this by trying to be more like Christ, develop those Christlike attributes in myself, and recognizing them in others (especially when it's difficult for me). I do this by relying more on my faith than I do on my worries, or lack of trust, or doubt. It's something I continually work on — trusting Heavenly Father — but reading that faith can make us whole gives me a new perspective. I trust Him and Jesus by actively living my faith (works). The more I rely on my own faith, and on its growing nature, the more I can become whole.
“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.”
Found these two sayings on some tee shirts in an upmarket clothes shop in Daylesford yesterday. I kept thinking, why would I spend $90 on a shirt that tries to make me feel about about myself? Haha
Some things about today's society drive me crazy!
Anyway I was reading philippians 4 and thought this would be the perfect time to share today's passage: "The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be will be with you."
Philippians 4:4-9 NIV