Paralyzed by Perfectionism
Perfectionism- /pərˈfekSHəˌnizəm/ n. - refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.
Let’s face it- we all, at some point, have felt the pressure to be perfect or to wear the “Christian mask” where we’re always happy, have everything figured out and everyday is sunshine and peaches and bible studies.
As amazing as that sounds (I’m pretty sure Heaven will literally be sunshine and peaches and bible studies with Jesus!!! Yay!) that’s just not reality here on Earth every single day.
I found the definition of ‘Perfectionism’ interesting, ironic and worthy of sharing because, as a believer, I know that the “standard of perfection” I place on myself is not a standard God has placed on me.
When I find myself overthinking things, getting easily offended, quitting ventures I know I’m called to: I realize, at the root of it, I’m placing an unrealistic standard upon myself to be & appear perfect. This is a trick the enemy will use to cause us to talk ourselves right out of the very thing God has called us to.
If God is all knowing and He created us, then he is well aware of our imperfections and the mistakes that we’d make on this life journey.
After reading Romans 8: 38-39, the paradigm shifted for me,
“... nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow- not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below- indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
BOOM! That’s it. Nothing you could ever do will separate you from God’s love. No matter how far you may have drifted, no matter the countless mistakes, no matter the numerous times you missed the “perfect” mark- God still loves you. He is for you. He is still guiding you and ordering your steps.
There is a specific and stellar call on your life.
Stop overthinking your every move. Don’t be so obsessed with wanting the “perfect” outcome that you become paralyzed with fear during the process.
Life is going to happen and some moments are going to be really hard. There will be times where you’ll have to physically force yourself out of bed. There will be days where you’ll have to remind yourself of how awesome you are! You will never be perfect and God doesn’t expect you to be.
Let’s take our game face off and accept that in this life we will face struggles and trials- whether self-inflicted or just from the inevitable challenges that life sometimes brings.
Instead of beating ourselves up we have been given the freedom, through Christ, to walk in boldness, repent, rejoice in grace, embrace our imperfections, and cling to Jesus.
His living Spirit dwells within us and enables us to live our best life with Him at the center.
Just breathe and nestle in the truth that you are loved- imperfections & all.
The awesome, the not so awesome, the ups, and the downs- It’s all working out for your good.✨