This life can be challenging. We can get dragged down by the affairs of the world that surround us each and every day. We get pressure from all sides to perform in a certain way. We can get so caught up in the expectations of others, especially those expectations we put on ourselves. When we get so caught up in those expectations we tend to strive for perfection. But let’s just be honest for a second – we are setting ourselves up to fail when we do this. Perfection is out of reach for us. We are imperfect creatures.
We are imperfect creatures created by a perfect Creator. He did not create us to be perfect. However, He did create us to serve Him – to love Him – to love others as He loves us – to illuminate every dark place the light of His truth.
Our desire for perfection is a pride issue. We need to set aside our pride and stop striving for an unreachable goal of perfection. God will not love us any less if we allow ourselves to embrace our imperfections. His thoughts towards us never change. He is never caught off guard.
Give yourself permission to be less than perfect.
Give yourself permission to fail.
The Bible is full people who failed:
Adam and Eve failed at following God’s simple instruction.
Sarah failed in her faith in God’s ability to give her a child despite her age.
Moses failed to believe God could use him to deliver His people.
The Israelites failed to trust God to deliver them out of the wilderness despite the circumstances.
David failed to keep from falling into the desires of his flesh.
Zechariah failed to believe God’s power to continue his family line.
Peter failed to trust Jesus when he was called out upon the waters.
Peter failed to own up to knowing Jesus.
Despite the failings of these individuals, there are remembered as pillars of the faith. Their failures were not their defining moment. Their failures did not end them. They picked themselves up, got over their embarrassment, and continued on to fulfill God’s purpose for their life.
Adam and Eve were the beginning of humanity.
Sarah gave birth to Isaac.
Moses led the Israelites out of captivity.
The Israelites eventually made it into the Promise Land.
David was a man after God’s heart.
Zechariah confirmed the naming of his son, John the Baptist.
Peter successfully answered Jesus’ question “Who do YOU say that I Am?”
If you weren’t afraid to fail, what would you do?
What would you accomplish if you let go of the fear that is crippling you?
What dreams would you make a reality if you weren’t afraid of a little failure?
What has God placed in your soul?
What lives will be changed in His name through you?
What will you accomplish through Him, not because of your perfections, but because of your imperfections?
Embrace being less than perfect and see where God leads you.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
(John 12:14, NIV)