This life was not intended to be our place of perfection, but the preparation for it. (Richard Baxter, 17th century English Puritan writer)
Although God’s creation was perfect (Genesis 1), after sin entered so did imperfection and hardship. God’s intention, however, is to one day restore his creation to perfection. Learning to live according to his plan will enable us to grow more and more into the people he intended us to be. And that will be complete when he brings us to a restored relationship with him in heaven.
I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me (Philippians 3:12).