Letting Go of Perfection…Letting God Sanctify You

I am a perfectionist or more correctly I am a discouraged perfectionist. If I am not able to do something correctly the first time, I am easily discouraged and give up or sometimes I won’t even try at all because what is the point in trying when I know that I’m going to mess it up?

Being a perfectionist has its good points. You set high standards for yourself and others. You care about the work you do and try to do your best in all you do.

But being a perfectionist also has its bad points. It can make you judgmental and critical. You try to “earn” your way in relationships and it frequently backfires. You try to convince yourself that you don’t need God because you are “good enough” and can make it to heaven on your own merits. Or you become discouraged because you can’t do everything perfectly so you stop trying to do anything.

Letting go of perfection is something that I have been working on for years. (Okay, my whole life. ;-P) I remember becoming easily upset and embarrassed when I would answer a question wrong in class so I stopped answering even if I knew the correct answer. I remember wanting to join the volleyball team in junior high school but deciding not to join because I didn’t think I would be good enough and I didn’t want to embarrass myself.  I tried to be the “perfect” daughter, the “perfect” student, etc and when I couldn’t be, I just gave up.

And after all these years I think that I have finally found the key to letting go of perfectionism.

GRACE

Grace, sweet refreshing grace

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When we allow God’s grace to flow through our lives, we are able to let go of being perfect. We no longer need to strive for perfection because through God’s grace we are enough. We are able to start seeing ourselves through His eyes and able to extend grace to ourselves and to others.

When we let go of perfection and cling to grace, then we allow God to work in our lives to sanctify us and make us holy. As God sanctifies us, our hearts change and we are able to extend even more grace. We become who we are meant to be and our hearts become more like Christ’s.

And I don’t know about you, but I want a heart like Christ’s.

Let go of perfection. Cling to grace and let God sanctify you.


 

This post is part of the series 31 Days of Letting Go and Letting God. To read the rest of the posts, click here.

31 days of Letting Go & Letting God

6 Comment

  1. While its really good to “improve” where needed and do our best, I also firmly believe that we need to focus on our strengths, gifts and talents. God made us this way and He also made someone to compliment us.

    thanks for this wonderful reminder
    @spreadingJOY
    Marie

  2. Kathryn Shirey says: Reply

    I’m also a ‘recovering’ perfectionist and a very driven personality. Allowing myself grace to be ‘good enough’ has been a life-long lesson. It’s hard sometimes to believe we’re ‘good enough’ for the world – and especially ‘good enough’ for God – but in the end, all that really matters is we’re always good enough, always perfect in God’s eyes. When God created us he said we were ‘very good’ – the rest of creation only got a ‘good’, but we got a ‘VERY good’.

  3. I consider myself a recovering perfectionist so I can relate all to well with this. I like the antidote you pointed out for the quest for perfection. It can be such a exhausting quest.

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  5. Perfectionism is exhausting probably because it is unattainable. Love the remedy you shared … “When we allow God’s grace to flow through our lives, we are able to let go of being perfect. ” So glad I visited from Friday Finds. I would not have wanted to miss this post!

    1. Thank you, Joanne!

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