I’ll let you in on a little secret, I never seem to measure up to the high standards I set for myself. You can totally relate, right? I know I’m not alone in this struggle.
We are all a little broken, and that’s OK!
We will never be perfect. Most of us will never be a size 0 or have perfect hair or perfect makeup. Or even the perfect clothes. [Though perfect outfit is debatable, miracles happen!}
And let’s forget about the perfect marriage. Or the perfect job. Or the perfect home or neighborhood. Why?
Because there is no such thing as perfect.
Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a perfectionism bubble? You want to get out, but you play it safe. Because stepping out of that bubble means you might fail. And failing means that you may make a fool of yourself in the process. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
So you keep coasting through life. Playing it safe.
We have an enemy that wants us to blend in with the crowd. But Jesus, He wants us to shine for Him!
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Let’s forget happiness, perfection, or whatever else you might be striving for today, at least as dictated by the world’s standards. It’s time to get into God’s Word and unpack all the beauty He has in store for each one of His children. It’s time for us to be the special person God created us to be!
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ephesians 2:10
You are God’s handiwork. That’s something amazing to celebrate today!
It’s time for us to gain some perspective.
What part of your life do you feel you fall short of? There may be many, but start with one. Do you place unrealistic expectations on yourself? Or feel the pressure of others to achieve things you weren’t designed for?
Sometimes we need to make some hard decisions in our lives. We need to let go of the things that suffocate us and zap our joy. We may need to say goodbye to the people that tear us down and then take the time needed to heal and let Jesus pick us back up.
Other times, we may just need to have a heart to heart with ourselves and stop hiding behind whatever excuses stop us from being the special person God created us to be. This is not easy work, but it’s worth the effort.
Embrace your crazy!
Let’s agree to move forward today and find our “happy” resting in the Lord, not in other people. Let’s get downright JOYFUL in the middle of whatever comes our way, even if it’s a hardship or trial.
If the Lord is with us even in the worst, most difficult times of life, then how can we fail when we rest in Him?
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”Deuteronomy 31:8
We can be joyful despite all the imperfection and pain of life.
In fact, maybe you should find time to thank God for your struggles, especially if they’ve helped bring you into a deeper relationship with Jesus and molded you into the Christian woman that you are today.
If life was always hunky-dory would you have a deep, rich faith? Probably not!
We all have issues to deal with in our lives. We are all imperfect. We all come with baggage. And we all desperately need a savior. But sometimes in the day to day hustle and bustle of life, we forget all that. We put on our smiley faces, tell the world we are “fine” and go about our daily lives barely scratching the surface with our husbands, kids, family and friends.
Let’s be real with one another. Let’s share our deepest fears, craziest imperfections, silliest failures and deepest joys with other trustworthy humans! Let’s tear down the walls of shame, perfection and insecurity; and find the freedom that comes from being a daughter of a King.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.John 8:36