Being a perfectionist can be just awful. Your expectations are too high. They are unrealistic. A few weeks ago I was blessed to take a trip as a Christmas present. It was there that, while in conversation with my friends, we came to realize that we had all spent years of our lives waiting for things to be perfect before we could really enjoy it and be happy.
You know, the if-I-can-finish-school-then-I’ll-be-happy syndrome. Or if-I-can-just-get-married, or if-I-can-just-have-a-child, or if-I-can-just-find-a-different-job. Add into that equation any number of things that we think will finally bring happiness once they happen. That is an illusion. The grass is not greener on the other side. You will never be thin enough, or pretty enough, or successful enough to reach that ‘it’ you are waiting for to finally be happy. It’s doesn’t come with those things. Sure there are the moments of satisfaction of reaching a goal. And congratulations if you have reached a goal you worked very hard at. You deserve to feel satisfied that you did that.
I’m talking about not being happy with your life or situation or…you. During my vacation I realized that all we have that we can control is right now and this moment. The Bible many times tell us to be happy in today: (Psalm 118:24) “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
So, in the midst of your imperfections, in the midst of your imperfect life situation, in the midst of everything you feel is wrong in your life, embrace God’s goodness and love. It’s okay to be happy even if you aren’t perfect. I don’t want you to waste as much time as I have waiting to be happy. You are imperfectly perfect and your imperfect life is beautiful. Look for what God blessed you with and not what you don’t have. You will be happier and a lot more peaceful and it’s amazing how those around you will comment on the certain glow you have.
It’s just acceptance and making peace with your shortcomings. It really is okay to be imperfect. If we were perfect why would we need Jesus? Now THAT is perfect love. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! Here’s to an incredible 2016 Peace Family! May it be imperfectly perfect.