Have you ever experienced some “messy beginnings” or even had a “messy start” to your life? Perfectionism seems to be a goal that we will never reach. Let me explain. Not everything in life will be “perfect”. We will have moments that will scare us, make us uncomfortable, and even cause us to grieve, but it does not mean we cannot grow. Some of us strive to be “perfect” thinking that we cannot do no wrong. That is not to stay do not strive to be “your best”, but we have to get the right understanding about our failures and disappointments that occur in life. I am reminded that I should give myself some grace. I am not going to say things the right way every time or do things the right way the first or maybe thirty times, and mistakes will happen…. BUT I am striving for maturity.
We do allow this notion of perfectionism to steal our joy and place this fear inside of us to not pursue anything, because of the possibility of failure. I was not always the “good, Christian girl”, and have been transparent on this blog about my own setbacks and failures. Yes, I have allowed those moments to define me, because I felt that I had to do everything right with no room to fail. I pursued others’ approval when it came to my life and took their disappointments about choices I made to heart. I walked around feeling low, because I was taking on someone else’s opinion about myself and situations I found myself in. Yes, people have a right to feel how they feel about you…BUT their opinion is not your identity.
From a spiritual perspective, I think of “perfection” as growth, because I’m allowing God to continue to mold and mature me. No one is perfect, but God. I have to surrender my imperfections to Him, so He can continue to perfect ME. One thing that none of us can do is go back to the past. I can’t change what happened or what was said, but I can move forward into “the new”. To be honest, our messes are more of a blessing than we know. Now, I have an opportunity to share my story, and actually help people make it through their journey as well. Some of us had businesses that sprouted out of our mistakes, while others were inspired to make music or create art. Behind the mess is an opportunity to be restored, renewed, and revealed…. Revealing the resilient and talented person that you truly are. Good day overcomers!
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