The human search for perfection winds its way through history. Every man and woman longed for a perfect job, perfect mate, perfect child. It’s called perfectionism. The Bible says it is foolish. We were made free from sin through Jesus Christ, which is a free gift. Perfectionism tempts us to put conditions on this grace because we are trying to prove our worth by being perfect, a performance trap. It can actually harm us: (1) It defeats our Initiative. If we wait for the perfect time, perfect situation, we’ll never get anything done; (2) It damages our relationships. People normally doesn’t enjoy the company of those who nags them to be perfect; (3) It destroys our happiness. “I’m too thin, too fat, etc. Trying to be perfect is impossible, doing so will rob us ,on the true meaning of life.
Good news is we can still break free from Performance trap and R.E.L.A.X. In God’s Grace.
Realize that nobody is perfect. We are all sinners, no one is perfect — except Jesus, and the world we live in is not perfect. It is a no-brainer and yet we lose the grip on this truth. There is a big gap between our “real self” and “ideal self”, and if we try to make ends meet between these two we’re going to lose our minds because it’s not going to happen. If this reality bothers us, remember that God created us, detailed up to the smallest mole in our feet, and He NEVER commit mistakes.
Enjoy God’s unconditional love. Before we consider our self a servant of God, we must acknowledge that, first and foremost we are a child of God. The difference is that a servant’s performance is base on what he does, while a child’s performance is based on who he is. God loved us simply because He has chosen to do so. Comparing His love to our imperfections and weaknesses is like belittling what He already injured for us on the cross.
Let God handle things. Being a creature of God, it’s not in our job description to gain control over things, it is a job meant for Him alone. “Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”.1 Peter 5:7
Act in faith, not fear. We have been saved by grace, so we shall live by grace. Fear tries to steal our joy away. So when life is heavy and we are afraid, think that we can go through the situation, not with our own strength, but by His grace.
eXchange my perfectionism with God’s Grace. Are you tired of the pressures of being perfect, as what the society dictates? Are you burned out with the rat race of trying to nag yourself of un worthiness? God is perfect and we are not. The only way to attain perfection is to be connected with that “perfect one”. Let go of this disease of perfectionism and accept God’s grace, because from heaven’s perspective grace is enough.
God designed a way for us to be dependent on Him, He made us imperfect. 2 Cor.12:7-9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. All of us is still under construction, and as we go through our life’s journey with Him, He’ll be faithfull to complete what He has started with us. Because only Jesus can make us into the people we were meant to be.
Summarized by Joyce Gamboa
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