I talked about this subject briefly yesterday, but I went into deeper thought and asked myself the question:
Where does our striving for perfection start?
This is just my opinion; however, I believe we start trying to be perfect in our childhood. We try to be the perfect child, the perfect student, the perfect sibling, etc. We want to please our parents, teachers, ministers, friends, siblings, etc. Then most times we marry and try to be the perfect spouse or we have children and try to be the perfect mother or we get our jobs and try to be the perfect employee or we give our life to Christ and try to be the perfect Christian or we make friends and try to be the perfect best friend. And it keeps going on and on and on…the perfect aunt, the perfect career, the perfect business…I know you are probably saying enough already I get it!!!! If you are striving to be all this perfection you should be more tired of that than reading my tireless list.
So, if you are striving for perfection, give it up! It’s a lost cause! You’ll die an old lonely woman trying to be perfect in this life. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we shouldn’t strive for better lives—there is always room for improvement, but striving to be perfect takes you to a whole different dimension.
Ecclesiastes 3:13 NIV says, “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil--this is the gift of God.” Receive God’s gift today—quit trying to be perfect and find some sense of satisfaction in your life today. Ask God to help you enjoy life, even with all of your imperfections. I suggest doing your best in whatever task you are given today and call it a day! Enjoy the good of your labor…it is a gift from God as a woman, wife, mother, sister, aunt, employee, supervisor, whatever role you have in this life. Enjoy the good in life! Enjoy the good in whatever you do! We miss so much focusing on what is wrong in us and around us until we miss all the good things life has to offer! I’m learning to live “my best” life and not a “perfect life!” Come on and join me today!
My name is Linder A. Hunn. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, publisher and author. God is first in my life and all else is secondary. I love helping people.