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Perfection or Pertinence?

Café Menu for Monday, September 23, 2013
Today’s Special is: Setting Aside Perfection for What’s Important
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Dallas Paetzold
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…for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18:14 NASB


My parents didn’t entertain much when I was growing up. Both of them worked long, hard days at a business they owned, and time for parties and entertaining was in short supply.

However, that wasn’t really the reason they neglected being hospitable. With her long workdays, my mom was barely able to keep the house tidy, much less perfectly spotless. She was so worried about what other people would think of her housekeeping, that she was unwilling to invite friends into her home.

It wasn’t until I was newly married, under the tutelage of a Bible teacher, that I learned the importance of hospitality. I loved having people over to our house for games, food, prayer, or Bible study. My house was rarely clean as measured by my mother’s standards, but my friends didn’t mind. In fact, it put some of them at ease, and made them feel better about not being able to keep a perfect house themselves.

In our quest to be perfect in some areas, we miss out on what is most important. My friends surely saw a few dusty surfaces, some toys strewn here and there, dirty breakfast dishes still in the sink, but they also knew they were welcome anytime! It’s too bad my mom tried so hard to project a perfect image by only allowing people into our home when it was in perfect condition.

Being an excellent friend is more important than being a perfect housekeeper.

Take Out:

Let’s allow ourselves to share some of our imperfections with others, and in so doing, encourage more genuine, excellent friendships.


Lord, forgive me for wanting to put on a perfect facade for my own exaltation. Instead, Lord, give me courage to be genuine and excellent, giving You glory for all that is perfect.

For more encouragement, visit Dallas at Feasts of Faith where you can check out her book: Feasts of Faith: Finding Jesus in the Jewish Feasts.

© 2013 by Dallas Paetzold. All rights reserved.

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