Back in college during one of those open-till-midnight shifts at the college book store, the hot pink cover of a book caught my attention. It was titled, “Stop Looking For Someone Perfect and Just Find Someone to Love.” I don’t remember the author’s name but I do remember reading the back cover. It listed an all too common array of traits we all want in a mate – honest, funny, loyal, handsome/pretty, generous, smart, etc. Obviously, there aren’t many (if any) people who are perfect in every way and, as we often realize, expecting to find perfection just leaves us frustrated.
I think we make the same miscalculation as homemakers when we expect perfection in our home, from our husbands and children, and mostly from ourselves. There aren’t many (if any) homemakers who are perfect in every way. There are just those of us striving for perfection who are instead fighting a daily battle with frustration and exhaustion. And just what are we battling? Our own self-imposed, stress-inducing, over-extended, perfection-driven, fully-packed expectations!
Did you know that perfection is simply defined as “complete?” I have always been a little overwhelmed by the verse in Matthew 5:48 that says “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This seems unreachable until you realize that the word for perfect used here means finished
. In Christ, we are already perfect (complete) because of what He did for us. During our sanctification (the time between your salvation and Heaven, your “dash”) Christ sees us already perfected in the glowing grace of His Resurrection and completed victory over all of our failures.
Many of us are in the habit of excusing our ambition by lamenting, “Oh, I’m such a perfectionist!” Oh really? By whose definition of perfection, I wonder? Being a perfectionist implies an ongoing process of achieving perfection but, what am I really striving for?
When I am weary: “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:33. Here the word for perfect tamilyn means whole, sincerely, upright, complete.
When I feel ugly: “But my dove, my perfect one, is unique . . . the maidens saw her and called her blessed; the queens and concubines praised her. – Song of Solomon 6:9. In this passage perfect tam means undefiled, plain, upright. Can you believe Solomon described his perfect beloved one as plain?
When I am worried: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” – Isaiah 26:3. Here the word shalowm describes God’s complete and tranquil peace and safety.
When I want to live for Him: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2. This scripture uses teleios which is the same perfect word used in Matthew 5:48 meaning finished.
When I am weak: “He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2Corinthians 12:9. Here our weakness is made perfect (teleo) by God’s grace fulfilling what He said.
When I need to sharpen my focus: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12. Here Paul uses teleioo to describe that in Christ we are consecrated and God will finish what He started.
When I sin: “Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14. Teleioo is also used here because on the cross, it is finished.
When I receive: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. “ James 1:17. Teleios leaves us wanting nothing else to reach completeness.
When I am scared to death: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1John 4:18. Teleios because God’s love brought death to its end and completed our salvation.
Are you with me? Are you re-thinking your ideas of perfection? Perfection is completion but in God’s worldview, not ours. We are so easily prone to focus on completing our housework, school work, Bible study work, husband work, kitchen work, errand work, yard work, and just busy work. The truth is, dear ones, that God has already completed all we need to be perfect in his loving, adoring, fatherly, husbandly, brotherly eyes. And truthfully, your performance on a daily list of tasks is irrelevant to his affection for you. By inviting His Spirit and His Life to rule in ours, we are complete, upright, maturing, undefiled, perfected daughters of the King who is completing His perfect plan through us. Praise Him for that as you rest at the end of each perfect day.
Hollandaise sauce is most commonly known as the star of Eggs Benedict but is also used to add buttery yumminess to veggies and fish.
Whatscookingamerica.net warns that “Making this emulsified sauce requires a good deal of practice — it is not for the faint of heart.” But, don’t let that scare you. I’ve got a secret, so keep reading. Hollandaise sauce is of Huguenot origins and originally appeared in a French cookbook in 1651. It is named for, of course, Holland, because during World War II that’s where France had to get their butter. While butter is the predominant ingredient in hollandaise sauce, I’d say it earned the name.
Because Eggs Benedict is my husband’s all-time favorite breakfast, I bravely set out many years ago to learn how to make the perfect hollandaise sauce. The main ingredients are melted butter and egg yolks. Simple, right? Not so much. The main problem arises when it is simmered too hot and the yolks actually begin to cook into a scrambled egg. Once you mess up, there’s no remedy but to start over or serve a chunky sauce (ask me how I know).
Many trials over the years lead me to the triumphant moment when I found a recipe that promised a no-fail hollandaise sauce. If you follow the directions exactly (especially pouring the hot butter in a slow, thin stream) I assure you that this recipe makes a perfect hollandaise sauce. And we just love perfection in the kitchen, don’t we?
- Original recipe makes 6 servings
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 dash hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
- 1/2 cup butter
In the container of a blender, combine the egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce. Cover, and blend for about 5 seconds.
Place the butter in a glass measuring cup. Heat butter in the microwave for about 1 minute, or until completely melted and hot. Set the blender on high speed, and pour the butter into the egg yolk mixture in a thin stream. It should thicken almost immediately. Keep the sauce warm until serving by placing the blender container in a pan of hot tap water.
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