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Sunday, January 29, 2006

My Otherwise Perfect Life

During my quest for the perfect life there are times when I have to be reminded that I’m not quite there yet. Last week was one of those times. My otherwise perfect job suddenly became very demanding and my otherwise perfect wife and I decided to have a family feud, which of course is rare because I am an otherwise perfect husband. These sad events resulted in the fact that my otherwise perfect blogging habits were set aside and my otherwise perfect blog became idle. I suddenly found the friends that I otherwise support and encourage were my support and encouragement and our otherwise meaningless chitchat was replaced with an honest examination of my otherwise perfect life and the things that yet lack in my otherwise perfect behavior. The time I would otherwise waste was spent in prayer and meditation and now where I would otherwise expound on the ways that lead to perfection, I am compelled to offer this explanation to you because otherwise you could think that unlike you, I never have any problems. Through each day though, God blessed me in every way and cared for my every need, His Spirit urging and guiding me, against my own will, toward the perfect life. He has never done otherwise.

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Blogger Antonio said...

Casey,

There is a time and a season for everything. Blogging has its uses and can be a way to journal. It can also rob us of time that we have for prayer and devotion, snuggling up with our wives (I only have one---one is enough!), and playing catch with our kids.

The balance I perform these days is that I don't get any sleep.

Your less-than-perfect friend,

Antonio

1/29/2006 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Kc, thanks for sharing this.

God Bless

Matthew

1/29/2006 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger dorsey said...

Whew! What a relief. I thought that your otherwise perfection had carried you off to glory in a fiery chariot. Glad to know you're still one of us. ::wink::

1/29/2006 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Joyce said...

And aren't we glad that God knows and understands our imperfections--and loves us anyway. And our spouses do, too, even if not with the same gusto! :)

Keeping you and Corry in my heart and in my prayers!

1/29/2006 02:59:00 PM  
Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

Casey -

I certainly identify with you in every aspect. I said near the beginning of my latest post at "Finding Direction" that I'm most often a struggling, straggling" follower of the Lord. And that's after being a baptized believer for more than 48 years. And, living with a man who is not perfect, but the nearest thing to it I could ever hope to have.

I also said very recently that I don't find life any easier to live as I age than it used to be. That's how this life is and it used to frustrate and depress me very badly that I couldn't be "better" and the good example for others that I tried so hard to be.

But I think the key to it is, which I learned from Tom and this was years before we married, that we don't give up, but keep trying and working through all the problems and trials in our lives.

He and I were having lunch one day back when we worked together and I was seriously lamenting the fact that my life was such an incredibly disastrous mess as a Christian and that I saw no way for me to begin be the good example I wanted to be for others.

Tom immediately said, "Oh, but I admire you tremendously."

"Why?" I asked. "My life is such a horrible mess."

"Yes," he said, "But more than anyone I know, you don't give up. You keep facing the worst and trying your best to make it better. I've never seen anyone do that as much as you do."

Casey - You are just the same as me. You obviously recognize and act on your failings and work on the problems with God's hand of encouragement and love and Spirit to guide you in all you think and say and do. God's grace makes up for the rest. We are perfect in Him, and Him alone.

I admire you tremendously in being so brave to write this post.

Dee

1/29/2006 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger Seeker said...

Onward and upward!
:-)

1/29/2006 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger Rose~ said...

I'm glad to hear that my family isn't the only one whose road has bumps! It is so good that God is ever-faithful, because we would be without hope otherwise ... pitiful lot that we are ... and so far from perfect.
Take care, Casey!

1/29/2006 06:38:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Antonio, well said. Who needs sleep anyway? Though you may not be the perfect friend you’ll do quite well till I find one! ;-)

Matthew, thanks for your concern, prayers and support. You’re always a blessing to me.

Dorsey, I have to admit there are times I would appreciate taking a trip like that but honestly I’m glad He still lets me be here to read your blog, among other things! ;-)

Joyce, thanks so much for your prayers and support. You and your family have been a blessing to us for some time and I’m so thankful you’ve joined the bible study group. I’m looking forward to more of your post. ;-)

Dee, you’ve been a wonderful example of all you said here. I was told once that we only fail when we quit and I know I can’t quit until He tells me to. I really appreciate your encouragement and example my sister. ;-)

Karen, the narrow way only goes one direction! Thanks so much for always being there. ;-)

Rose, I think I probably prefer a bumpy road to an interstate. There’s less chance of falling asleep at the wheel. ;-)

1/29/2006 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger Jayne said...

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. ~2 Cor 4: 8-9

Keeping you and Corry in my thoughts and prayers. Love you both!

1/29/2006 09:47:00 PM  
Blogger Pia said...

you are in our prayers and you are loved dearly.

1/29/2006 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Look up. Lift up.
Jesus loves you very much, Casey!

1/30/2006 03:19:00 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Very clever, Kc! So glad you are back. We missed you.

1/30/2006 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger pecheur said...

Sometimes taking a break from blogging has been good.

I know I've been forced to take a break from it because of limited access.

But it has been good. I've had time to reflect.

With prayer, this battle will end in victory. It's sounds like a trite almost cliche(ish) word, but the heart of the thought has been very real. Prayer does indeed work. And if I am praying for you (as well as others) things will happen in a supernatural way. And you know I just bet we will see it here when you come out on the other side. God is about to be glorified in your life...again!!

1/30/2006 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Jayne, thank you dear sister. His grace is truly sufficient in all things. ;-)

Pia, your love and care for us means more than all the riches of the world to me. ;-)

Audrey, you are yourself evidence of His love for me. May God bless you sweet sister! ;-)

Kristi, thanks for your concern and for being there in prayer and support. You’re such a wonderful little sister and E-daughter. ;-)

Pech, those are words straight from the heart of pastor. Your presence and influence in our lives continues to be one of our greatest sources of encouragement. ;-)

I love you all so much and being able to witness your expressions of love makes me grateful for any trouble that comes my way.

1/30/2006 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Nunzia said...

that is just so cute. you guys just put such a smile on my face. i wish M would blog LOL :)

1/30/2006 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Elisa said...

KC,
Isn't it amazing that after such a period of great hurt in marriage, that periods of greater love abound? After feuds, we realize how much we love our spouse, and our spouse loves us, when we've been so perfectly horrible to each other. It is odd to me that in the times when I am the most unlovable, that's when I find out how much loved I am by Timothy. It is humbling. There's not much room for pride in marriage. Pride just doesn't work. I hate, hate arguing with Timothy. It rips my heart apart. But I am thankful that we are committed to making our marriage work. That committment has to be in Christ and in each other. That's what true love is. Not that roses, doves and chiming bells romantic stuff. It's going through the trials of sanctification together; digging in and working it all out, seeing each other in the rough spots, and mucking out the stalls of our daily struggles, and still loving the other more than ourselves at the end of it all, relying on Him all the more.
May God turn this time of struggle between the two of you into a blessing, strengthening your marriage and love for each other and Him.

1/30/2006 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Sister Elisa that's all so true. I think our love is evident in our willingness and desire to forgive each other. I totally agree concerning what I call the triangle with us at the base and Christ at the top.

Thanks so much for the blessing and wise words. ;-)

1/31/2006 03:04:00 AM  
Blogger Timothy said...

KC,
I too struggle for the "perfect life..." if there is such a thing this side of glory. I hate to say it, but that usually is the conflict that Elisa and I have, the need for perfection in her, without it being there in me. O the hypocrisy. I too, must also say that often times it is our desire to love one another that gets us past the conflict, and our desire to forgive one another... (and that forgiveness is usually coming my way more often than the other). As Peter wrote, let love cover over a multitude of sin...

We are praying God's peace and mercy will abundantly fill your marriage.
Blessing

1/31/2006 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Titus I am so great thankful for that love covering! Thanks so much for the prayers and support. ;-)

2/01/2006 06:50:00 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

All I can say is I know what you mean!

2/01/2006 04:13:00 PM  

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