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The Cost of Perfection The Cost of Perfection – In The Wright Direction

The Cost of Perfection

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.  2 Corinthians 12:9

I know I’m not perfect but I sure want to be.  I think even my list of what I want to
improve upon…is well…perfect.  I’m
not seeking the perfect body, home, hubby or kids.  I’m not hoping to obtain the perfect balance
in my bank account or the perfect wardrobe. 
I want good, Christiany perfection. I want to be a perfect mom and
wife.  I want to be a more obedient and
trusting child of God; a Proverbs 31 kind of woman.  I want to write perfect blog posts!
I want all of this perfection for the right reasons and for
the right people.  I want it so those
around me will see how awesome God is and want to know Him better.  All good things, but honestly, it’s not
working out too well for me.  I simply
can’t pull off perfection and striving for it is exhausting (seriously,
EXHAUSTING)! 
Repeatedly falling short of my unrealistic expectations is
disappointing (and EXHAUSTING).  We
simply weren’t meant to be perfect so it’s like a right handed person trying to
do everything left handed.  It’s
EXHAUSTING people!
But the absolute worst part about seeking perfection is that
it often causes us to do the opposite of what we were hoping to achieve in the
first place.  Take my blog for
example…I’m so hung up on wanting each post to measure up to some imagined
level that I often find it hard to post what I write in fear that it will fall
short.  My goal is to share what God is
doing in my life but I often end up not sharing at all. 
What good is a boat that never leaves the dock?  What good is a voice that’s never heard? 
At some point, we have to realize that a messy message is
often better than no message at all.  God
can use messy and imperfect.  On the
other hand, He can’t use what we never do! 
And why on earth do we set such high standards for ourselves when the
One who called us, the only one capable of perfection wants to use us just the
way we are? 
2 Corinthians 12:9 says that His power is made perfect in
our weaknesses. God knew I couldn’t spell, loved run-on sentences and misused
commas when He called me to start In the Wright Direction and guess what?  Not one of you have commented on my lack of
grammar skills (don’t take that as an invitation to start).
I know you’ve probably seen lists like this before but I
hope you’ll take a look anyway:
Jeremiah was too young
Abraham was too old
Moses stuttered
Gideon was afraid
Rahab was a prostitute
David was an adulterer and murderer
Jonah ran from God
Peter denied Christ
Martha was a worry wart
Lazarus was dead
and yet God used every single one of them and their
testimonies are still changing lives today. 
What’s your excuse?  God gave us
these examples to demolish our excuses and give us hope.  He wants to use you just the way you are.
I hope you’ll pray for me as I battle my excuses for not
writing more often and if you let me know, I’ll pray for you too.

P.S. – Brandall, my editor,  wants it noted that I already have the
“perfect husband,” and he corrected 4 grammatical errors in this
post.  

1 Comment

  1. Love this Kathy! All of your blog posts have been so inspiring! Keep up the good work and I look forward to more posts.

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