Thursday, June 7, 2012

Yep! I'm a perfectionist.....

Ok, I'll admit it! I'm a perfectionist. I'm not always the type that remeasures something 15 times before concluding it's "perfect," and I'm not a complete neat freak.

I am, however, the type of perfectionist who will procrastinate starting something because I'm afraid it won't be good enough. I worry it won't impress anyone. I tell myself that it's not unique enough. Ten other people do it better than me anyway! I figure I might as well not start if it isn't going to be perfect.
I have a long history of trying to impress others and meet their standards. I'm a natural people-pleaser.

Doing your best is an awesome character trait. Expecting perfection can be dangerous.

As I've been doing a little soul searching lately, I've realized that I THRIVE on affirmation and praise from others. When someone is impressed with me or my work, I feel I've arrived!
That's why a scripture jumped out at me this morning.
Psalm 53:2
"God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God."

He's not looking for impressive people. He's not looking for the best people. He's not even looking for PERFECT people.

He IS looking for those who seek Him!

Wow!! Am I living with that kind of mindset? Am I seeking to know, to understand God? I want to stand out to Him, not because I'm doing incredible things to catch His attention, but because I'm seeking to know Him more!

Let me know that I'm not alone in this struggle?? Do you face the temptation to compare, be perfect, or people-please in your life? Feel free to share in the comments below!
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