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Full disclosure, I’m kind of a perfectionist. I’m sure for those of you that know me, it’s hard to believe. LOL! But seriously, it used to be and sometimes still is, one of my biggest character flaws. Over the years, God has had to teach me what “perfect” really means and I’m still learning. It means that I can pursue excellency, but I should not try to be excellent. That’s His job!
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.Philippians 1:6
So, I guess you are wondering where I’m going with this… We don’t always get it right, but we are not meant to be perfect. We often find ourselves in a constant mental battle over those small mistakes, ultimately things that we can’t change, even if we wanted to. Now, this does mean that we should justify, defend, or disregard our mistakes, especially those that negatively impact and hurt others. But we should not beat ourselves up for the things that really don’t matter. For instance, when we assume that others are talking about us, when they have not given us any thought at all.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2