Life isn’t perfect. But that doesn’t mean it could never be beautiful. – Jocelyn Soriano

Perfectionism has many levels. Sometimes we think we have already learned to accept life’s many imperfections and our own inability to accomplish a task. But once in a while, something happens beyond our worst nightmares. We are caught by surprise and our perfect world is shattered once again.

How do you deal with imperfections? You deal with it as you deal with earthquakes that come out of nowhere. You try your best to survive it and not blame anyone for not being able to control the movement of the earth.

Deep within our own minds, we already have a story that we want to be played. We have in it expectations of how our dreams can work out if only we do this and that. We tell ourselves how evil must never triumph and how good must always shine.

But that is not often how things really work. Sometimes we need to go through a storm before we could see the sun again. And many times, we must endure longer winters than we’ve ever expected until we see the flowers bloom again.

Let us try not to be disheartened when things don’t work out the way we wanted them to. Let us instead try to trust God, who is ultimately the one in control, the one who lovingly weaves all stories into something truly beautiful and far more wonderful than we could ever imagine on our own.

But as it is written, “Things which an eye didn’t see, and an ear didn’t hear, which didn’t enter into the heart of man, these God has prepared for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2, WEB

The Courage to Smile

Let me deal with life as it comes,
not as how I wanted it to be
Let me have the courage to smile
when things don’t work out for me.

Let my heart be able to trust
that all can still be well,
for you are there my Lord and God
you can make things whole and fair.

No matter the storm that comes,
No matter the raging seas,
may I have the hope that never fails,
and faith that always trusts in Thee.