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Organizing the Inside – Day 104 Today We Abandoned Perfectionism

Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.   ~Ecclesiastes 11:4

Whenever you do something you believe in doing it right.
You feel a certain excitement in your stomach when you read the words, “Do it once, do it right and be done with it.”  That is something you can absolutely relate to, right?  People often praise and compliment you on a job well done, yet somehow you manage to dwell on the little hiccups that you knew were there, but they missed.

I’ll get it perfect next time!
Then a bit more self loathing talk about how you could have made it just a bit better and you have exhausted yourself again, because you’re still trying to “do perfect.” You heard someone say that God expects excellence and you haven’t given yourself a break since you were a child.  If you are approaching every new task, or venture with that same ridiculously stressed out obsession…It’s time you come on with me and let’s just repent together.

Come to Jesus.
You sure need to, since He is the only one who is perfect and you are going to make yourself one worn-out-somebody if you keep trying to do everything PERFECTLY.  God wants your best and it’s high time that you convince yourself that your best is going to be good enough.  I believe God is pleased when we give Him our best. Let’s say it together, “My best is good enough.”

Trying to do “perfect”, or be “perfect” is so far from reality.
So then what are you doing? You certainly aren’t ever going to be perfect at least not in this life.  Don’t set up for yourself such unrealistic expectations that you end up doing nothing.  Maybe you never quite finish anything or never start anything; either way perfectionism can paralyze you. Put away the umbrella! Here you are watching the sky, waiting for it to rain so that afterward, you can reap your perfect harvest.  How long will you watch the clouds? Will your crops just rot in the ground because of your failure to put down that ideal image of perfection; that you have concocted in your mind and do the will of God.  One thing we know, perfectionism is definitely not in God’s plan for you (here on earth). He did tell us to be holy, because He is holy, now that (holiness) is a condition of the heart.

So let’s strive for holiness and not perfection… a far more attainable goal in this life with God as our help. Today!  Together we abandoned perfectionism.

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8 Comments»

  poeticjourney wrote @

I needed to read this today, beautiful message. Ty for sharing it. God Bless U:)

  Liz Mason wrote @

You and me both! Jesus had to put me in check earlier this week and once I was able to get my act together, I could write about it. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. Thanks for your visit, God has us connected.

  Jade Getchell wrote @

I enjoyed this! I myself, struggle with perfectionism. I have never taken that verse before as “watching and waiting” before. I truly enjoyed it – and even shared it to my FB page! So I return the thanks to you for your blog!!!

  Liz Mason wrote @

Thanks so much Jade I appreciate it. God is helping me to have a healthier view towards perfectionism. His WORD is so good and so relevant for us today. I hope you will visit again.

  Ann wrote @

I remember when I was in my 20’s I actually thought I was perfect. What an embarrassing admission to make now! Life is so much better when I do my best, knowing it is the best I can do with what I have been given and not to stress about being perfect. Only God is perfect! Even my dogs, especially Skipper, is not perfect. Our motto in our home for Skipper is “He does the best as he can do.” LOL It really applies to all of us and is good as long as what we are doing (as best as we can do) is also God’s Will.

  Liz Mason wrote @

Oh Ann, you make an awesome point about how we are to do our best at “doing God’s will.” I love it! Thank you for stopping by.

  perfectionism and prayer « under ground wrote @

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  Liz Mason wrote @

Thank you for stopping by and making the connection. Have a wonderful holiday!


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