If perfection is unattainable, why do we keep striving for it?
Nothing will ever be perfect. The sooner you and I realize this simple truth, the sooner you and I can enjoy our beautiful, yet messy, lives.
Social media is filled with “inspirational” quotes and pictures about how no one is perfect. Thank you, Captain Obvious, this is not news.
Or is it?
Our obsession with warning others about the trap of perfectionism is an indication that many of our friends and family really believe it’s an obtainable goal.
And this is coming from a girl who knows its a trap and frequently makes the insane choice to walk right in it….
Notice, though, what I said: I know it’s a trap and I choose to step in it.
It’s time to get honest.
We all know that perfection is unobtainable, but continue to chase after it.
Maybe what we need is for our friends and family to say, “Stop it!” instead of hearing another inspirational message about embracing the messiness of life.
So, my sweet friends, I think it’s time for us to make a few changes. In order to do that, though, we’ll need to acknowledge the facts:
- You will never be perfect.
- Life can be hard and unfair.
Now, let’s look at those facts from the gospel’s perspective:
- Perfection was never an option. If we could be perfect, we wouldn’t need a Savior. Jesus lived the perfect life and then gave us all the wonderful benefits that go along with it.
- Even though life is not fair, we have God’s promises on our side. Everything–both fair and unfair–must work together for our good. Those are some great odds when faced with a challenge.
If you struggle with perfectionism, know that I understand your struggle because it’s my own.
My only request is that you be proactive in your efforts to avoid the trap. In the end, it’s your responsibility to make the necessary changes.