On the one hand, O God, help us to cling to our idealism. Help us to trust and to know that we really can always be growing toward becoming everything that you made us to be, that Jesus died and rose that we might be, and that the Holy Spirit enables us to be.
On the other hand, O God, help us to cling to our realism. Help us not to try to avoid real problems and real people in the real world, not to be discouraged from further attempts at progress when we find that we have regressed, and not to be stunned into inaction by some act of sin.
Help us to live in that tension-filled and thus creative place where the way it can be overlaps with the way it is.