Pobody’s Nerfect

When I was a pre-teen, I spent a few days every now and then working in a little country store back home. Jeanies was a tiny place with two booths and a menu that consisted of cold sandwiches or fried food. She also kept in stock the “necessities” for life, including milk, eggs and toilet paper. (Which was really convenient since the nearest town with a “real” grocery store was 20 miles away.)

On the cash register hung a sign with words I remember to this day:

“Pobody’s Nerfect.

It made me laugh. And still does. I love the irony of switching the first two letters to emphasize that true, nobody is perfect… even the maker of the sign. (I love ironic humor, just FYI.)

You are a beautiful creation... perfectly imperfect... a work in progress... you have everything you need to fulfill your purpose... don't dilute yourself for any person or any reason... you are enough... be unapologetically you.

Source: Deeplifequotes via flickr

Every now and then, that idea of “Pobody’s Nerfect” pops into my head. It resurfaced in my brain last week during my quiet time with the Lord.

I was reminded that nobody on this earth is perfect. Jesus was the only perfect man, the rest of us are kind of messed up. (Can I get an AMEN?)  I’ve noticed that so many people don’t want to follow the call that God has placed on their life because they don’t feel that they will able to do it perfectly.

Newsflash: They are right. They won’t be able to do it perfectly. But God doesn’t ask for perfection. He asks for obedience.

Let me give you an example. Say that I begin my daily work out…perhaps a run. Sometimes, I just have off days. Why, I have no idea… Maybe it starts raining, or I can’t find my pace or I didn’t sleep well the night before. At that moment, I have a choice.  I can do something and be obedient to the call of trying to get my body in shape, or not even attempt it because I know its not going to be perfect.

If I acted on only the things I could do perfectly, let me tell you what people… I would probably never get out of bed. I wouldn’t blog. I wouldn’t exercise. I wouldn’t minister to people. The list goes on and on.

Here’s the deal. God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called. Think to yourself for a moment: What is God calling you to right now? What’s stopping you? Is it your fear of not being “perfect?” How can you turn to the Lord to ask for help? I would love to hear your feedback… Leave a comment below!

Please remember, my sweet readers… God isn’t asking for perfection. He just wants obedience. He made you and He knows how flawed our flesh can be. He also loves you, has called you and knows first hand that when it comes to the population of the world that “Pobody’s Nerfect.” But… We ALL can be obedient.

I’m pobody, I’m nerfect,

“And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have aperfect person, in perfect control of life.” ~James 3:2 (MSG) 

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16 thoughts on “Pobody’s Nerfect

  1. Amen. I think I’m going to a sign and hang it by my desk.

    • It’s such a great (and funny) reminder. Makes me grin every time! Thanks for the comment, Tina!

  2. Amen! I sure ain’t no eber neber goin be perfect either sister! However, I know Scripture says we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14). So I look forward to hugging that wonderful neck of yours next week!

    • BAHA! Have I told you lately that you are my favorite Air Force Christian Blogger K-state Grad? 🙂 You make me guffaw. And think deeply. At the same time. Dangerous. I can’t wait to receive your hug with enthusiasm. TICK. TOCK.

  3. I really loved this post. It is these kinds of posts which make my day. 🙂

  4. Momma Lex

    I’m a work in progress….I like that idea-lets see what God is going to do!!

    • Agreed– it reminds me of that little kid song I used to sing “He’s still working on me… To make me what I oughta be…” Can’t wait to see does with this Pobody!

  5. Although nobody is perfect, this post was perfect timing for me to read! Thank you for sharing.

    • Thrilled to hear that Cailey– it’s so hard to keep perspective sometimes when we are bombarded by the pressures of this world. But God loves us just the way we are– flawed and all.

      You are a blessing in my life!! 🙂

  6. I like the idea of being a beautiful mess – and it makes me think of all different colors of paints opened, ready to use and just looking like a mess – but having the ability to turn it into something beautiful! I don’t think I would be a good parent if I was perfect. It is so important to teach my sons how to handle those imperfect moments:) Loved your post!!!

    • Awesome analogy with the painting and the parenting (note to self…) Thank you so much for sharing those thoughts– it makes me think, kind of a lot!

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  8. My comment on the next post mirrors your message here. I’m learning (1) I’m on the right track and (2) Read the posts in order Dana! LOL!

    Thank you for another great post.

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