Everyone has their one thing (or couple things, in my case) that in every season of life it tends to show up. It’s the thing you might pray about the most, the struggle that you and God work through most often. I would say mine is perfectionism. It also tends to show its face in the form of mild people-pleasing.
I recently found this quote, which compares perfection and excellence.
Reading it, my insides are screaming, I know that perfectionism is unattainable. I want to strive for excellence, not perfectionism!
Perfection is being right. Excellence is being willing to be wrong.
Perfection is fear. Excellence is taking a risk.
Perfection is anger and frustration. Excellence is powerful.
Perfection is control. Excellence is spontaneous.
Perfection if taking. Excellence is giving.
Perfection is doubt. Excellence is confidence.
Perfection is pressure. Excellence is natural.
Perfection is the destination. Excellence is the journey.
So today I pray:
God, give me eyes to see and a mind to discern when I’m striving for perfection. Help me to redirect that energy to aim for excellence in Christ. Grace me with humility and patience, as well as fire and passion. Thank you for giving me a heart that longs to do well. Continue to make me into the kind of woman you created me to be. Give me a desire for what you desire, a love for what you love.
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