Perspectives on Spiritual, Intellectual and Pastoral Issues: Host – Lowell Qualls

img_0525.jpgI came across a fascinating book, and I thought I’d share its contents with you from time to time.  The name of the book?  The Spirituality of Imperfection.  It was written by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham.  I think, after reading some of my posts on its contents, you’ll want to get a copy for yourself.

The introduction begins:

“Baseball teaches us, or has taught most of us, how to deal with failure.  We learn at a very young age that failure is the NORM in baseball and, precisely because we have failed, we hold in high regard those who fail less often – those who hit safely in one out of three chances and become star players.  I find it fascinating that baseball, alone in sport, considers errors to be part of the game, part of its rigorous truth.”  (Francis T. Vincent, Jr., Commissioner of Baseball)

Baseball, as its Commissioner points out, teaches that errors are part of the game and perfection is an impossible goal.  Because his thought fits as perfectly as possible the theme of this book, we offer this revision of Mr. Vincent’s insight:

Spirituality teaches us, or has taught most of us, how to deal with failure.  We learn at a very young age that failure is the norm in life … errors are part of the game, part of its rigorous truth.”

Wow!  What do you think?  Does it hook you?

In the book of Romans (Christian New Testament) we read:  “… all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  We have failed to meet God’s impossible standard of holiness (The Law of God), because (as the Scripture says in another place), “… without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14 NIV) 

But … God has a remedy.

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

No wonder Jesus is His name!  In the language of His nativity His name meant “Savior.” (Yeshua)  He doesn’t make us perfect.  He does “make us” forgiven, and because our sins are forgiven in His name, we are saved.  Put another way, our sins were transferred to His account, and He received “the wages” rightfully ours – death.  He died for us, in the place of us.  We, therefore, are saved (from death, i.e., eternal separation from a holy God).

One important aspect of spirituality (and the reason for the writing of the referenced  book) is to accept our imperfection while still accepting salvation in Jesus’ name.

Think about it.

Comments on: "The Spirituality of Imperfection #1" (1)

  1. sahallquist said:

    Thanks for the heads-up on this book. It looks fascinating. For myself, I’ve often used the game of football to show that life is all about constantly making adjustments to the present condition. All plays are typically drawn to score a touchdown. That’s the goal. That’s how you win the game. When you see a play drawn out, there are usually X’s and O’s (which has nothing to do with hugs and kisses)and these represent how the offensive and defensive team will line up for that play. I’ve played a lot of ball in my day, and have drawn up a few hundred plays and I know I never saw in any play drawn up a symbol for the spot where the tackle would occur. Every play was drawn up to go all-the-way.

    Setting a goal for our day and for our life is necessary to getting to where we want to go. Some days are like getting tackled in the backfield, others are like a touchdown pass. If you’re stopped short of the goal line, you don’t throw your helmet down, pout, and quit. Instead, if you have a chance at another down, you huddle up and go for it again.

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