Perfection is something that we all struggle with at some time and in some way in our lifetimes. Whether it be the fear of failure, keeping up with the Jones’ or a desire to look better than everyone else, we all face seeking perfection. I spent many years as a striving perfectionist and though I never attained the title, I worked VERY hard at it. Let me spare you some time and offer grace in the same statement, you are imperfect and so is everyone else.
Being imperfect does not mean that we don’t strive to be better, do well and grow in our lives. Realizing and accepting that we are imperfect is when we see God’s grace. For then we know that we won’t get it all right and we don’t have to push ourselves so hard that we fall into exhaustion and depression due to “failure”, God doesn’t ask us to be perfect. He made us just as we are. Imperfect.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:10 states, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”
If we could attain perfection then it would take away the need for Christ and the gift of salvation His death on the cross of Calvary provides.
Hebrews 5:9 tells us of Christ, “being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”
Christ was made perfect by God the Father, it was in His perfection that He obediently went to the cross to cover the sins of imperfect mankind. Without His perfect life’s sacrifice, eternal salvation could not be ours.
God, His Son and the Holy Spirit alone are perfectionists. There are no sins, mistakes or wrong doings to be found in them.
If you desire to seek perfection, look to God’s Word and follow it, that is the only perfection worth seeking, you must remember though…
you’ll never attain it.
Perfection was something I worked towards for many years and it took it’s toll on my health, family and life. Thankfully God got my attention and I no longer strive to be the perfect wife, mom, homemaker, homeschooler, blogger, author, etc. I do my very best to fill all the roles God has given me, but perfection is not my goal. Doing all to the glory of God and accepting His grace when I fail is my daily focus. You can follow my recent journey to being an Authentic Mom with my dear friends, Bridget, Linda and Mandy here.
Embrace your imperfection and thank God for His perfect Son and the gift of salvation He provides because without it, we’d be lost and imperfect.