January 8-Perfection

January 8-Perfection

January 8: Perfection


Scripture Lesson: 2 Corinthians 13:11


On this date in 1994, Harvey Haddix died. In his 14-year big league career, Haddix was probably best known for pitching a 12-inning perfect game for the Pittsburgh Pirates – and losing the game. On May 26,1959, the Pirates were on the road facing the Milwaukee Braves. Haddix had 12 perfect innings and Braves’ pitcher Lew Burdette also had a shutout going. In the bottom of the 13th, Braves’ second baseman Felix Mantilla led off with a walk, ending the perfect game. With 2 outs, Joe Adcock lined an RBI double that drove in Mantilla with the winning run in the Braves 1-0 victory. Haddix and Burdette both pitched complete games. No one before or since has matched the feat of a 12-inning perfect game.


In his final words to the Church at Corinth, Paul exhorted the Corinthians to “aim for perfection.” Perfection is not easy to obtain in any facet of life, much less our spiritual lives. Paul wants us to see that we must aim high in order to live the best life for God that we can. If perfection is not our goal in living, we will always settle for less than our best. None of us can ever live a perfect life this side of heaven, but that needs to be our goal in daily living. Every pitcher I know wants to retire every hitter he faces in a game: that is the goal. If that happens, it is indeed a perfect game. As Christians, we cannot settle for any lesser goal than to live a perfect life for God. He deserves our very best effort daily in living for Him!

  1. What does it mean to aim for perfection?

  2. Have we settled for less than our best living for God? Why or why not?

  3. What changes can I make in my life in order to aim for perfection?

Watch out what God can do through us when we aim for perfection in our daily walk with Him! Aim high and accomplish great things for the Kingdom!





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