That statement is difficult for most women to truly accept. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perfect moments (perfect prom, perfect wedding, perfect child’s birthday party) and our life (perfect home, perfect spouse, perfect mom, perfect career).
But can we ever really be perfect? Romans 3:23 says that “we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world. We will fail ourselves, and even when we don’t the world will fail us (or sometimes, both).
When we’re striving for perfection, we take our eyes off God. Sometimes, we just take our eyes off the big picture, and what should be important to us. Have you ever been so caught up in creating “the perfect Christmas memories” for your family only to realize on Christmas morning that you have no idea what has been bothering your child or that your husband feels neglected?
Slow down and look around you a little every day. Ask God to show you when & where you need to push yourself and when and where to stop. I was given the advice recently that when it comes to exercise & diet, the most successful long-term results come when we make small changes that become a habit. Once it’s a habit, make another small change that can also be turned into a habit.
So, I encourage you today to make a small change. Drink more water, or take the stairs instead of the elevator, spend 5 more minutes talking to your child, or commit to replacing just one chemically-laden product in your home with an all-natural substitute.
And don’t worry about being perfect so much. Realize you are a work in progress. Life is already beautiful. Who are we to think we can perfect it?