“I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me” -Francesca Battistelli, “Free to be Me”
The above lyrics come from a popular song. I’ve heard it so many times, but when it came on the radio this morning this one line just popped up at me. “But perfection is my enemy.” Yesterday I posted about control, so today I thought I would bring up another trap that we can fall into and that is one of perfectionism.
Perfectionism is an obstacle that keeps us from living life to the fullest. How can we really enjoy our family if we are consumed
with trying to be the perfect wife/mother or husband/father? Perfectionism will cause us to procrastinate with things because we fear the finished product won’t be good enough; or we are forever waiting for the “perfect time” to start. What we don’t realize is that a perfectionist mindset will cause us to set unattainable standards, which will lead to frustration and a feeling that we don’t measure up. This kind of thinking is wrong because God doesn’t ask us to be perfect, He asks us to be willing. If He called us, He will equip us- no matter what the task is.
They equip God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do
good things. (2 Timothy 3:17)
Satisfaction will never exist if our hearts are set on perfection and God wants us to find satisfaction in what we do: “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil–this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 3:13)