As we go through this amazing gift called life, somewhere along the way we get lost. We forget the all important truth that we are human…sinners even. Yet, we still struggle with imperfection. We strive hard through long days to be perfect in all things. Our words, actions and thoughts must be perfect…if not we label ourselves a failure.
Perfectionism is the enemy of being real. It desires to cover up the times we mess up, the days which we wish were only a dream and the words we’ve spoken that paines ones we love. Yet, perfectionism doesn’t make these things change…it simply hides them. Sometimes it doesn’t even hide them well.
Perfectionism makes you believe you’re the only one, no one else struggles as you do and nobody fails as much as yourself. Everyone else has it together. Yet, they are just like you. We’re all just living in a world of seeking and seeing perfection. The reason we fail to see anyone else’s flaws and failures is because we’re all playing hide and seek. We don’t really want anyone to seek though…then they would know the real me…the flaws and the failures…the imperfect me.
So, if we’re all imperfect why do we strive to be something we aren’t? Why do we feel the need to feel we are better than someone else? This struggle…this race to the top…it’s killing us. Our relationships are dying.
God begins to lose His rightful place in our lives because we’re striving to be that which only He is. Perfect.
Isn’t this the very thing that brought Lucifer down low…to the lowest state he could be placed? His seeking to be as high and perfect as only God can be? We too must be brought low, whether by our choice or as God’s reminder of us being imperfect.
Being imperfect is not a flaw…it isn’t a failure. It’s truth…it’s God’s design. He desired us to want and need Him, what could a perfect creation need from God? He desires relationship with us and it is dying because we chase after the perfection which we’ll never attain. Do we really believe we can reach the heights of perfection? If we were but honest with ourselves, we would see it is an unreachable place. No matter how hard we try or how close we believe we can get…it is a lost cause…this chasing of perfection.
God calls us to change the world for Him. We’re to point all to Christ. When we make our lives appear perfect by playing “hide but please don’t seek”, then we we’re taking the focus from Him and placing it on ourselves. We must stop this daily journey of seeking to rise to perfection. We must embrace ourselves as the imperfect daughter of God that we are. Only when we bring ourselves low, living life as God designed for us to will we shine. Shining in all our imperfection…being real flaws, failures and all. Living life full of God’s grace which we need for our imperfect lives each day. Building relationships by refusing to play hide and seek, by allowing the real us to shine through.
Grace is given to the imperfect children of God. His grace is by which we can life fully each and every day. Imperfection is beautiful for it’s how God created us and He made all things good.