Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Perfectionism is something I struggle with immensely. I was trying to dig deeper into this topic, so I could share the truths of it with you. I think, maybe, I’m not the only one out there that struggles with this.
The reality is that perfection is just an illusion. We think if we do things a certain way or if we give it our all until we have absolutely nothing left, we’ll reach this perfect place in life. But the reality is, that “perfect life” will always turn out to be an illusion and we’ll fall into this cycle of discontentment.
Perfectionism leads to discontentment and comparison. We try so hard to achieve this thing called “a perfect life” yet each time we take a step towards it, it moves farther away. We see other people’s lives all around us, we begin to think that they’re perfect when the truth is we’re just looking at the surface and there is so, so much more to the story.
Perfection is simply an illusion. There was a short time on earth when life was perfect, pure, and holy like it says in Ezekiel 28:15, but then iniquity and sin happened (Genesis 3). Since that point in time, perfectionism has been an illusion that humans try to achieve yet fail over and over again. It’s not something we can achieve and until we realize that, perfectionism will only lead to comparison and rob us of so much joy.
One way I’ve learned to overcome perfectionism is by applying Ecclesiastes 3:11 to my life. It says, “He hath made everything beautiful in his time…” I don’t have to chase this fantasy of perfection if I’m already doing my best for Christ. He will make it all beautiful in His time, in His way. We don’t need to run ahead and try to reach for something that isn’t even there, something that’s just an illusion. We will only land in a deep pit of disappointment. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try our best, we certainly should try, not for perfection, but for Christ.
He hath made everything beautiful in his time…
I’ve learned that if I just keep my eyes set ever so tightly on God, I won’t get distracted by this illusion of perfectionism and comparing myself to other people’s lives. When you keep your eyes set on Christ, suddenly all the comparison ends and this beautiful thing called compassion blossoms through your life. That compassion leads to opportunities to love others and bring them closer to Christ.
Once we learn to let go of this idea of perfection and grasp the beauty of grace and authenticity, that’s when we will truly be able to connect with others and bring them closer to Christ. Once we accept that we aren’t and can’t be perfect, that’s when we’ll able to shine God’s perfect love more effectively into the life of our family, friends, and even maybe a stranger.
Let’s strive to live a life of authenticity and grace, not this illusion of perfection that we often chase after.
Once we learn to overcome perfectionism, authenticity will shine through.
I’ve learned that letting go of perfectionism is such a beautiful, beautiful thing. Learn to be okay with being perfectly imperfect, because only by His grace, we are what we are.
Love and blessings, Moriah