Perfectionism. The standard that is unattainable. Yes we need to strive to better ourselves, but not to the point that we give ourselves no grace. If we are constantly striving to be perfect in everything we do, we won’t be content with what we accomplish. There will never be enough time in the day, we will never get enough done, we will wear ourselves into a tizzy. You see when we strive for perfection we can tell ourselves that is a good thing. But what we are really doing is pursuing the worst in ourselves. By seeking perfection we begin to see all the little things that are imperfect about us. Then our mind can begin to say that we aren’t good enough and we need to try harder. There is a difference between doing our best and striving to be perfect. When we allow ourselves to do our best, we are acknowledging that we are not perfect. Rather we are flawed humans saved by grace. When we seek to do our best, we know we did everything we could and find grace in ourselves. We will find contentment in letting go of perfection and clinging to grace.
If we wait for perfection we will never get anything done. We need to realize we will never live in a perfect world. If we want to make a difference and go after our dreams, we can’t wait on perfection to find us. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. We can learn from them. There will be times when we stumble and fall because we didn’t wait to be perfect. But by doing instead of waiting, we will get much farther ahead with a feeling of accomplishment and contentment. We won’t look back regretting we didn’t try something. We will learn to rely on God more and not in ourselves. We will learn that grace is much better than perfection.
Scripture to Ponder:
Ecclesiastes 11:4- “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.”
Philippians 4:13- “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
1 Corinthians 15:10- “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
Homework for the heart:
Think about standards you hold in your life. Is there something in your life you are waiting to try or do until perfection comes your way? Make some goals to start doing it now. Strive to let go of little imperfections in your life and choose to see them as a beautiful work God is using to glorify him.
Sometimes the most beautiful things in our lives come through imperfection.