Begin Where You Can

“I am God Almighty; walk before Me and be perfect.”Genesis 17:1

“Perfection is impossible!” we are in the habit of saying; and therefore we do not try to reach perfection. But it is better for us always to keep our aim high, although we cannot hope to reach it. If we have low ideals and aims–our attainments will be low. We cannot look with approval upon anything lower than the perfect beauty of God Himself–and not have the beauty of our own life dimmed thereby. We should always keep perfection before us–as our aim. We should keep our eyes ever fixed upon the perfect model, Jesus Christ!

He Himself taught, “Be perfect, therefore–as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48. We are always to seek to model our life upon the divine pattern. Of course we cannot reach this lofty standard in a day–but the way to Christlikeness, is to strive toward it.

When a child begins to write, his scrawling lines fall far short of the beauty of the original at the top of the page. Book after book he fills with his scribble–but if he is diligent, each new page shows a little improvement, and by and by–his writing rivals the original. We can learn to live holy and sweetly, only in the same way. Begin where you can, no matter how imperfect or faulty your life–but strive always toward perfection, and at last you shall be like Christ! That is the hope which shines before us: when we shall see Him as He is–and shall be like Him!

(J. R. Miller, “Miller’s Year Book–a Year’s Daily Readings”)

James Russell Miller (March 20, 1840 – July 2, 1912)
was a popular and prolific Christian author.