We Don’t Have to be Perfect

Day 3. Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered. 
I’m addicted to words, quotes, song lyrics, Bible verses.  In high school and college, I kept a notebook filled with words of inspiration and advice.  
What I’ve been learning most recently (and keep repeating to myself over and over) is that I don’t have to be perfect. 
Gasp. Are you serious??  As a perfectionist full of OCD tenancies, this is seriously one of the most difficult lessons I’ve had I am learning.  
I’ve always wanted to be the best, do the best job, make it on time, never forget anything, always have the right answer, not make mistakes, not be rude, be the favorite…you get the picture.  
This type of lifestyle can drive a person mad!!  Trust me, I know!
I grew up in a very legalistic, strict home feeling like everyone around me (my parents, my pastor, my teacher, God) expected perfection from me.  I didn’t have a good concept of forgiveness.  I constantly put so much pressure on myself to perform a certain way.  
Then one day, I discovered that the only person who expected me to be perfect was myself.  Everyone else just expected me to be human
That concept was literally mind-blowing.  It’s taken me years to full grasp that I’m not expected to do every little thing entirely correct 100% of the time.  
If you are like me, I’d like to speak some truth and freedom into your life. (And I’m also doing this to again remind myself).– We are only human and that’s all we can expect ourselves to be.– God is loving, full of mercy and grace.  He forgives and redeems willingly!!– Mistakes don’t ruin our lives, they are merely opportunities to grow.– Our mistakes don’t have to define us.– We can forgive ourselves and continue living without feeling guilt.– God will actually use our mistakes for His glory. – How others think and feel about our actions does not define us. – We are sinful human beings, forgiven and set free by the Creator of the universe, and we can live in that freedom daily!
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3 thoughts on “We Don’t Have to be Perfect

  1. Oh my dear goodness, this is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. Perfectionism plagues me and I constantly have to remind myself of the freedom that comes from offering grace both to myself and others. Thank you for this reminder today!

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