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"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah (29:11)

Word of the year:

The word of the year is Perfect. Philippians 3:15.

"For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood." (1 Corinthians 13:9-12 RSV)

The English word "perfect" is derived from two Latin words, per, meaning thorough, and fact, meaning to do. Perfect literally means to do completely - whether as a wholehearted effort, or as the end result of that effort.

Perfect is used three different ways in the English language. As a noun, perfect means something that has been completed e.g. "it's now perfect." As a verb, perfect means to make complete e.g. to perfect an ability of some sort. As an adjective, perfect means a value judgment of to be complete without defect or blemish e.g. "the weather is perfect today." All can also be used to refer to humans in the sense of perfect meaning "normal" e.g. when someone is described as being "perfectly healthy" - which really means that the person's health is within normal bounds of health.

"God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrew 11:40-12:1 KJV)

Hebrews 5:11-6:12

.... let us go on unto perfection ...

Perfection vs maturity

Greek word Teleion:

"Perfect" is translated from the Greek [teleion], meaning, according to Thayer's LEXICON, "brought to its end, finished; wanting nothing necessary to completeness." In the Arndt-Gingrich LEXICON the word is described as, "having attained the end or purpose, complete, perfect." It is important to note that this word is an ADJECTIVE and not a NOUN. Some have taught, in error, that "that which is perfect" refers to Jesus. But even in our English language we never refer to a person as a ''that." In Greek or English "that" is neuter gender. Christ is not referred to as "that" but as "who." The key to understanding this passage properly is in the proper understanding of the word "perfect." Let's look at some other New Testament uses of the Greek word [teleion]:

(1) Jesus commanded us not to be respectors of persons in loving our friends and hating our enemies (Matthew 5:44-47), but to be complete or "perfect" [teleion] like our heavenly Father (v. 48) in loving friends and enemies alike.

(2) Jesus said that the rich, young ruler could be "perfect" [teleion] if he would "go and sell your possessions and feed the poor...." (Matthew 19:21).

(3) Paul said that his preaching was wisdom among those who are "full grown," or "perfect" [teleion] (1 Corinthians 2:6)

(4) Paul urged the Corinthians to be "men" [teleion] (i.e. "full grown" or "perfect") instead of babes (1 Corinthians 14:20).

(5) In Ephesians 4:13 we read that the body of Christ is to be built up unto a full grown, "mature" [teleion] man.

(6) When Paul wrote to the Philippians he said (3:15) that some of the Christians were "perfect" [teleion].

(7) Epaphras prayed that the Colossians would stand "perfect" [teleion] in the will of God (Colossians 4:12).

(8) The Hebrews were chided for not having progressed to the solid food aspect of the Word of God which, said the inspired writer. is for grown, "mature," [teleion] men, described as those who have their senses exercised to discern good and evil (Hebrews 5:14).

(9) James describes the law of liberty as the "perfect" [teleion] law. (James 1:25)


  • Old things are passed away. - Isaiah 42:9, Isaiah 43:18-19 and Isaiah 46:9-11.
  • You don't know as much as you think you do but yet you experience a lot. Share the experience.
  • Think more and ponder. Luke 2:19
  • Talk less and journal more. Four keys:
  1. Quiet yourself. Psalm 46:10
  2. Keep watch and focus. Habakkuk 2:1, Hebrews 12:2 and Acts 2:17.
  3. Tune to spontaneous flow: John 7:37-39 and Ezekiel 2:2
  4. Write it down (journaling): Habakkuk 2:2.
  • Less feeling and more listening. Matthew 26:39
  • Less impulsive and hasty, more caution and considering. Ecclesiastes 5:1-2.
  • Less I and more He, they and them.
  • Block out more quiet time with no interruptions at START of day.
  • Share more.
  • Less rationalizing, more realizing. More vision Habakkuk 2:1-4.
  • Less convincing and more demonstrating.
  • Read more. Buy an ebook reader.
  • Eat less and better.
  • Publish my first ebook.
  • Waste less.
  • Be more exact and don't waste time. Be more precise and deliberate. Stop confusing ministry with activity. Matthew 10:5-15 and Matthew 26:17-19.
  • Plan well (this I have never had trouble with) but also be flexible and humble. James 4:13-15
  • Be bothered less, be annoyed even lesser.
  • Buy less and with more quality.
  • Write more.
  • Complete more.
  • Convert almost all to wikis.
  • Build community. The place you are now is home a.k.a ${home}.
  • Develop relationships.
  • Not my will but Your will. James 4:13-17.
  • Be accountable and hold accountable.
  • Love more and more deeply. Greek word phileo.
  • Understand more.
  • Adapt and grow.
  • Skills, more skills and then do. Daniel 11:32-33
  • Exercise more. Become more knowledgeable in this area.
  • Shorter and more concise messaging, writing and talking.
  • Build network storage solution for site1.
  • Attend correspondence bible school.

Professional goals:

  • Get Redhat certified.
  • Join at least one project and start writing for it.
  • Write more code in C++. Force yourself to stop using the Perl and the bash crutch and write it in OOP.
  • Build a development workstation and virtual lab.

Carry over from 2009:

  • Continue to reduce debt. Proverbs 22:7
  • Continue to reduce (some). Largely completed.

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