Early in our marriage, Mr. 4-Ever made the mistake of mentioning how much he enjoyed another woman’s banana bread. Not to be outdone, I took it upon myself to make his life complete by creating my own perfect loaf of banana bread. I tried a dozen recipes, but none of them turned out well.
We ate a lot of really mediocre banana bread and threw an obscene amount of banana bread in the trash. No matter what I did, I could not get the bread to come out right.
I whined. I obsessed … I was a nut-case.
Finally, Dave told me that his appetite for banana bread had waned and to quit wasting my time and our money.
Perfection steals your time!
Tell me I’m not the only one who lets the pursuit of perfection run (ruin) her life! If you need to re-do your hair, your makeup, your banana bread, your test score, and most of your conversations, you will waste a lot of time and energy chasing chasing perfection, too,
I wish I had a nickel for every dessert I trashed cuz the edges were overdone. Every brush I threw when my hair wasn’t just right. Every writing project I discarded cuz it wasn’t good enough.
Chasing perfection makes you miserable! That’s no way to live.
Here’s the Truth!
In a previous devotional, I wrote about the dis-ease of perfectionism and how not measuring up is so destructive. I suggested replacing the negative trash talk about comparisons in our head with the truth of God’s thoughts toward you.
You are enough. 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 NIV
You are enough. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10
This week, let’s stop chasing perfection so we can take back our time and joy. I’m preaching to the choir here. I was about ready to throw my laptop in the trash while writing this devo. I wanted to get it … perfect.
God whispered into my snit-fit, “Just do your best with the time you have to work on it. It will be good enough. Isn’t that hilarious? He so good!?!
Will you let God replace the lie that your work needs to be perfect with the truth of God’s word that says you only need to do your best.
Verse for today: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.” Colossians 3:23-24
Prayer: Father, you created us to do our best but not be robbed of our joy, time and resources chasing perfection. Whisper your pleasure to us and with us. In Jesus Name. Amen.
PS Do not send me recipes for banana bread. I’m over it.