What’s So Wrong With Doing it Right?
The dictionary defines perfectionism as “a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable.” Yeah, I’d say that pretty much describes my view on life. Do it right or not at all, right?
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve lost interest in something because I’m not the best at it or I can’t do it perfectly. I’ve probably given up on three things this week alone because I was frustrated I couldn’t do it right.
Whether it’s something like designing a graphic at work, making sure I eat the perfect diet to achieve perfect health or striving to be the best, coolest, nicest, holiest Christian around…if I can’t do it perfectly, I get discouraged.
So what do we do when that nagging voice in your head says, “You’re doing it wrong. If you can’t do it right, just stop. Seriously, stop. Oh my gosh…that’s horrible. Stop.”?
Perfection is Impossible
BUT WAIT, I THOUGHT ANYTHING WAS POSSIBLE IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT?! There’s an exception to every rule, right?
Perfection is only possible for one person…er…being. God. Psalm 18:30 says:
As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
and then Romans 3:10 says:
As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
We’ve got to stop giving up on things because we can’t do them perfectly. Obviously we can’t do them perfectly, no one can!.
Do The Best With What You’ve Got
I consider giving up on this blog literally every time I think about it.
I can’t think of a good enough topic to write about. My pictures aren’t pretty enough. Not enough people read it. No one gets anything out of these posts, so what’s the point. You’re just being narcissistic. No one wants to read about your life.
So why am I still here bugging you with new posts every week? Because I decided a while ago that this blog can’t be perfect so I’m just going to try my best and even if it’s not the greatest blog in the world, at least I’m succeeding at having a blog. And if this blog only makes one person change one small thing about their life one time in the history of this entire blog, then it’s made a difference.
Trying your best at something is better than not doing it at all.
Have you started running daily only to eventually quit because you’ll never be able to run as fast as your friend who just completed a marathon? Don’t let that stop you! Doing some exercise is better than doing none at all.
Plus, I bet if you talked to your marathon-running friend, they’d tell you something similar about how they were glad they completed a marathon but their other friend completed it faster so, they aren’t that great. Everyone’s striving for perfection and no one’s getting there.
Have you tried to clean up your diet only to give up on it because you can’t afford to eat all organic fruits and vegetables? Eating non-organic fruits and vegetables is better than eating fast food for every meal! Heck, even eating a home-cooked meal instead of fast food is better.
Your inability to be perfect shouldn’t stop you from trying your best.
Embrace Your Weaknesses
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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 9-10
What’s stopping you from being perfect? Aside from the obvious, what are the main things you struggle with? Instead of just giving up because you’re not strong in some areas, focus on strengthening those weaknesses.
As you read in the above verse, God uses your weaknesses to prove his strength. If you didn’t have any weaknesses, God wouldn’t get a chance to show off his power. You aren’t doing it alone and your weaknesses prove that.
When I start to write a blog post, I’m usually at a complete loss at what to say and how to say it. A lot of times I want to give up before even starting. Instead of being lame and doing that, I’ve made it a habit to just type everything in my head and keep typing until there’s nothing in my head anymore. Then I tell myself that I’ll go through and read it and clean it up.
The whole time I’m typing I’m usually thinking, “This is crap, this isn’t going to make any sense, once I’m done I’m going to have to completely scrap this post.” But then something weird happens. I go back and read the post and it completely makes sense. Usually. Sure I’ll have to clean up some spots but generally, I’m shocked at how coherent my ramblings are.
That’s not me. There’s no way I’m just coming up with all this stuff every week out of nowhere. God is using my complete lack of ideas to show me that he’s got this. I mean, yeah…I’m not claiming some sort of crazy possession or anything but the fact that I keep posting and people keep reading shows me that this isn’t all me. There’s seriously no way.
If you recognize your weaknesses and embrace them, you will eventually become stronger. There’s nothing more refreshing to me than someone who can see where they’re weaknesses are and instead of just giving up, work to improve them.
Buck up, weaklings
None of us are perfect.
Don’t let that stop you. Realize that everyone has the burden of not being perfect at everything they do. Recognize your weaknesses and embrace them. Let God show you what He can do through your weaknesses and work with him to strengthen your weak spots.
Do you struggle with perfectionism? Where are you weak and what do you do to get over it? Let me know in the comments!