Do you have perfection paralysis? I know it’s plagued me throughout my life. Perfectionism often derails us from our purpose because we often refuse to move forward unless perfection and success are guaranteed, and they never are. So we get stuck.
Fortunately, we have a heavenly father who doesn’t expect or even want us to be perfect. Yes, we should do things to the best of our abilities because, well, he’s the one who gave us those abilities, but we have to trust him with the rest. He designed us to need him on purpose, so it’s okay when we do.
God loves you, no matter what.
When you hold the truth of that statement deep in your heart, it becomes a lot easier to accept that it will be okay when our best falls a little short. (Or even a lot short.)
Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 34
We’ll be doing a little more journaling than normal today, but stick with me. It’ll be worth it!
Read the following verse and let it sink into your soul. Notice how you feel when you read it.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Colossians 3:23 NIV – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself is to simply face your fear.
What if you do fail? What if it’s less than perfect? How would you handle it? Would it even matter? So many times, when you ask yourself these questions, you realize you’ll survive if you do your best and the result of your effort doesn’t meet your exacting standards.
Also, it’s important to examine your motivations. Why do you kill yourself trying to be perfect? Who are you trying to impress – or prove wrong?
When you’re ready, pray to God, asking for insight and wisdom, and then journal the following as a prayer:
- Name one situation that triggers your perfectionism.
- Now write out the worst-case scenario of what would happen if you didn’t achieve your exact desired result.
- How would you deal with that? Write specifics.
- If your results don’t live up to your standards, will it matter in 10 years? One year? Next week?
- If you do perfectly complete the task, will it matter in 10 years? One year? Next week?
- Who are you trying to impress and why?
- Now write the following sentence: “My best is enough. God loves me, no matter what.” Keep writing it over and over until you feel it and believe it.
- Write a prayer for someone else, by name.
- Thank God for three blessings from the last 24 hours. No repeats from previous entries!
Thanks for joining me! If this is your first time here, or it’s your first experience prayer journaling and you can’t wait to get more journal prompts, AWESOME! Start with Day 1. It explains the whole concept. If you like, you can do the posts after the Day 1 post, in chronological order, to get the full healing experience. Just click the left arrow on the post carousel, below, and it will guide you through them.
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