I am in a group swim class together with four awesome women and our most patient swim instructor. I’m a complete beginner. I know, how do you get to be fifty something and not know how to swim? Last night as I took my first few fledgling strokes unassisted (OK, maybe it was only two strokes), I felt a bit like a failure because I couldn’t just take to it like some of the other women. But they would not let me go there, reminding me of how far I had come in just four weeks and cheering me on for the strokes I did manage. So, as I walked out of the YMCA, I wondered how often people decide against a life of faith because they think they have to measure up to some ideal Christ follower? I’m saddened to think that there are many out there who are too put off or scared to find out about Jesus because somehow, we in the church may have made it all look perfect. But Christ followers aren’t perfect. The only ideal we have is Jesus Christ. We’re all learning to swim in the pool of faith together. Some of us may swim faster or farther than others, but every one of us has more to learn. So, don’t let appearances fool you. No one’s perfect, we’re all just trying to swim a few more strokes today than we did yesterday.