Perfectness Is an Illusion
Are you a perfectionist? Have you made ideal your idol? Sometimes we try so hard to make everything perfect that ideal really becomes our idol. But perfectness does not save us. Perfectness is an illusion that deludes us.
The best way to deal with perfectionism is to learn to live in grace. Because grace is a game changer, eye opener, freedom-releaser. We can quit trying to be perfect and embrace trusting.
The fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it. (Romans 4:16, MSG)
Success or perfectness does not get us into the kingdom of God, and failure does not keep us out of there. The only thing than matters is our trust in Jesus.
It does not matter how perfect (or not) we are. It’s not about us trying to be perfect. It’s about us trusting and embracing God and his ways. It’s about partnering with God for excellence, not trying to do that on our own.
The difference between trying and trusting is the difference between law and grace. Either you live in law or you live in grace. Either you exhaust yourself under the law or you rest in God’s free grace.
I say goodbye for perfectness and choose grace.
And I can’t help but rejoice.
Thank you that we don’t need to be perfect.
Enable us to trust you completely.
Help us to stop making ideal our idol.
Show us instead how to partner with you for excellence.
Refresh our weary souls.
Redeem and restore!
Show us how to truly live in your grace.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you a perfectionist? How do you deal with it?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you kiss perfectness goodbye and embrace God’s grace daily!
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4 thoughts on “Perfectness Is an Illusion”
I wish I didn’t struggle with perfectionism. 🙁 I know it’s an illusion but it still pushes me at times. Praying for more focus on grace instead! Thanks, Mari-Anna!
Aren’t we all recovering perfectionist to some extent? It helps me to know that God does not love me any more whether I’m perfect or not. Thanks, Lisa, for stopping by and commenting. Grace-filled Blessings!
Where I struggle with perfectionism is having an invisible ruler in my mind that others should measure up to, and being disappointed when they don’t live up to my unspoken expectations!
Oh, yes. And no one but God is perfect! Thanks, Elizabeth, for sharing! May God help us all to be more gracious and loving towards ourselves and our neighbors! Blessings to you!