Stop trying to be perfect.
Stop it right now!
I’ve lived my life trying to be perfect – always doing the right thing, anticipating what others want me to be and do before they can ask. Let me tell you, it is exhausting and very wrong. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He loves us as we are – even the messy parts.
We believe those things in principle, but practice is harder. After all, how can God not expect the best from us? How can He not want us to do everything in our power to be the very best person and Christian we can be?
Therein lies the problem. When we try to be perfect we are doing it in our own power. We are creating an ideal that can not be reached on this side of heaven. We are setting ourselves up to fail on a daily basis.
God doesn’t want us to live in failure.
So stop trying to achieve perfection. Stop expecting it from your children, your husband, your friends.
You’re Loved No Matter What made a great impact on my thinking. I’m not claiming that I have it all figured out. I still catch myself pushing toward unattainable perfection, but I have learned to recognize the signs. I’m learning to embrace who I am, and see me the way that God does – messes and all.
As women, we tend to think that if we could only get our act together, life would be perfect. But you’re not supposed to be perfect. You’re supposed to be human. And humans are messy, flawed, glorious, and deeply loved.
It’s time to lay down those unrealistic expectations that exhaust you.
It’s time to embrace who you are–even the messy parts.
It’s time to start living fully instead of just trying not to fail.
Let’s do this. Together.
How would your life be different if you truly believed you’re loved just as you are? Bestselling author Holley Gerth shares how God wants to set our hearts free by revealing the lies we believe as well as the scandalous grace and acceptance offered to us instead. She helps us lay down our unrealistic expectations so we can embrace who God created us to be, pursue his purpose for our lives, and offer others the love we’ve been freely given.
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