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Let’s Try Positive Perfectionism

January 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

“Happy New Year – what’s left of it!”

Our local pessimist’s greeting cards are as cheerful as his get-well cards: “I hope you’re only feeling half as bad as you probably will be very soon!”

Pessimists get their kicks from suspecting or finding faults when they want perfection.

But let’s greet 2012 with positive perfectionism; without pretending problems won’t happen; by seeing perfection as continual progress rather than a fantasy to protect.

High hopes greeted 2011, for no-one saw its secret stash of natural disasters, political, social or financial crises; quite apart from any personal, less-public pain.

Positive perfectionism allows for problems. It also allows God to step in when problems or threats arrive, so the problems don’t have the final say.

Positive perfectionism adds confidence and generosity to our plans, lifting our sights past our own efforts or benefits and into what God does for a living. For he loves infusing our dreams with his hope and healing, so we may change our world.

Positive perfectionists greet each New Year and each new day with a simple prayer: “God, here I am. Fill me with your availability, so that whoever I meet will sense Your respect and Your value for them. And when problems hit; or when I go wrong; help me to rise above blame or self-pity – so those around me can also keep their cool and rise to the dignity and confidence that You’ve designed for them – in spite of their faults or their fears.”

 

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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One Response to “Let’s Try Positive Perfectionism”
  1. I”m all for that, Noel!

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