You may have heard about the fellow who wanted to buy a new sofa. He went to the furniture store and started looking around. The salesman came out and answered a few questions.

After finding out what the man was really looking for he showed him the “perfect” couch. The salesman said, “This wrap-around sofa will comfortably seat seven people without any problems!” To the salesman’s dismay the customer replied: “Where am I going to find seven family members without any problems?”

Friends, the fact is that we all have some problems. The best of folks and the worst of folks have problems. That’s what makes us human. If we are looking for the perfect marriage, then we don’t belong because we have imperfections ourselves. If we are looking for the perfect church, then we don’t belong there in the first place. We will just mess it up! If we are looking for the perfect job, the perfect neighborhood, or the perfect friendships then we wouldn’t belong even if we could find them.

One of the great challenges of life is to accept the fact that we are less than perfect without becoming complacent. Yes, we are imperfect but we are not to be satisfied being less than we can be. We should strive to be better. We should try to love more, give more and be more than we have ever done before. We should grow even beyond what we are today.

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14 ESV)

Chris Kemp is the pulpit minister at Northside church of Christ in Mayfield.

Chris Kemp is the pulpit minister at Northside church of Christ in Mayfield.