Perfection


The challenge to be perfect is a dream and a desire. But it cannot be attained in this world. Perfection has to be a journey not a destination. We look forward to perfection but must realize that it is a direction and not a destination we attain in this world. If we do not attain it we would be most unhappy. It can be attained only in the next. We seek perfect happiness yet we can attain only 30 percent or 40 percent in this life. We should be reasonably happy if we attain that. But 99 percent happiness in the next life is the definition of hell. We have to have 100 percent happiness. The greatest punishment of hell is remorse not suffering or fire. The sense of loss that comes from realizing we could have had 100 percent happiness yet attained only 99 percent because of our own fault is the essence of hell. Whatever man can think or imagine man wants. We can think of the limitless, the infinite, and the perfect. Therefore, we want the perfect. Man's heart will never be satisfied until he attains whatever he can imagine. So man will be restless until he rests in God. For only in union with the Creator can he attain perfection or perfect happiness.In this life we are on a journey toward that destiny. Although we do not reach that destination, we can come close. We have the Japanese "Kaizen" or constant improvement. That is also why we have confession. We run on the course towards that perfect destination and we sometimes stumble. That is not a problem. If we stumble the important thing is to get up and move forward again. Defeat is if we refuse to get up and wallow in the mud. Getting up and running forward again is our destiny. …

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