The Perfection Trap
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I don’t know about you, but I feel very accomplished and at peace when I accomplish everything on my to-do list (on those rare occasions). However when my list remains mostly untouched due to other things clamoring for my attention, I can get disappointed and frustrated. God doesn’t want us to feel like that! Instead, we are better off realizing our weakness and the fact that we can’t accomplish everything because that is when we realize our need to lean on God and draw from His strength and guidance for our lives.
Paul recognized his need to rely on God instead of himself when he asked God to remove the source of his suffering.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Cor 12:9).
There is something so freeing about being able to let go and admit that we can’t do everything and that we are limited. It’s in that state where we truly rely on God to give us the strength to do the things He is asking us to do and let go of everything else that really doesn’t matter in our lives right now.
3. Keep aiming for improvement.
Since Paul recognized that he could actually find Christ’s strength in his weakness, he wasn’t afraid to admit that he wasn’t perfect and didn’t have it all together.
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Phil 2:12-14).
Paul recognized his weakness and imperfections, but kept pressing on to grow and improve. While it is important to recognize that we will never have it all together and that we are imperfect, that doesn’t mean we stop trying. We can still learn and grow and give our best effort at getting better at whatever we have to do.
I know it’s tempting to want to have it all together and to have a system or a schedule or just have things under control. But if that were actually possible, we would miss the opportunities to come to the end of ourselves and run to God because we simply don’t know how we are going to do it without Him. It is in those moments of surrender that we realize what is really important and we see just how wonderful and faithful our God is and it is in those moments that we feel God’s overwhelming love and strength fill our souls. And no perfectly cooked dinner could ever surpass that.
Cortni Marrazzo currently resides in Spokane, Washington with her husband Jason and 3 year old son. She has a Degree in Biblical Discipleship and has a passion for ministry and encouraging the body of Christ. She and her husband currently serve as small group directors at their local church. You can contact her at Cortni.Marrazzo@gmail.com or on Facebook.
Publication date: August 13, 2013
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