This morning as I attempted to sneak past the girls room, I saw my sweet Bella kicking up a storm in her bed. I ducked back around the corner and just watched her. She sat up and fidgeted with her blankie, then she’d lay on her side and try to fix it. Finally, she hopped up and started smoothing out her blankie as she walked around all 4 sides of her bed.
It was obvious that she was frustrated because she couldn’t get everything situated just right. When she first sat up to adjust, she was still somewhat peaceful. As she became more and more aware that it wasn’t perfect, she quickly became agitated and could no longer find rest. One little wrinkle completely ruined her morning.
Maybe not to some of you, but to my fellow recovering perfectionists, this may hit close to home.
There are many areas in your life where you may be aiming for perfection.
The perfect spouse.
The perfect parent.
The perfect employee.
The perfect Christian.
If your goal is perfection, you are going to fail every single time. When you fall short of the impossible standard you have set for yourself, not only will it destroy your day but it brings everyone else around you down too. Because chances are, if you are a perfectionist, you’re pushing off your unattainable expectations onto those you love as well.
We were not meant to have it all together. In 2nd Corinthians, Paul talks about the revelations he received from the Lord and his hesitation to share it because he didn’t want anyone to give him credit beyond what they could see in his life or hear in his message.
When you give off the air of perfection, people will credit you for the greatness in your life, not Jesus. Admit your shortcomings, embrace them even, so that those around you can see the hand of God in your life that sustains you. The Lord says “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
Therefor, let us have the same attitude as Paul:
“Now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weakness, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
(2nd Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT)