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May 3, 2017, 5:00 AM

How do you deal with your imperfections?

How do you deal with your imperfections? I am an over achiever, one who needs to strive for perfection to feel as though I am measuring up to my full potential. My own standards and pressures usually lead me to failure and leave me feeling imperfect.  I become very aware of my shortcomings and I feel awful; as though I am not measuring up to others.   Sometime I just can’t seem to get it together.  I need to remind myself very often that it’s okay to not be perfect.


How do you think God views your imperfections? I need to remember that I shouldn’t try so hard to be perfect, that’s not why God designed me.  I wasn’t designed to achieve my way into God’s favor; He already loves exactly who I am.  The imperfections I see are part of the perfect person He designed.  God made me and knew of my life even before my parents.” For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 God wanted me, took great care in my creation.  He formed every organ, bone and hair to be placed on my head.  How can I not thank God for my creation? David continues Psalm 139 in praise, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” Psalm 139 14-16


When I read that all the days of my life are ordained by God, it stops me in my tracks.  God has allotted things that are going to get done and things that aren’t.  As I begin to get frustrated with myself for not accomplishing what I wanted to accomplish or not get it done to the standard I require of myself, a question comes to mind, “Did God know I would make that mistake and end up here?”  When I realize the answer to that is yes, I realize I am imperfect and I am okay with that, because I am perfect in God’s eyes.  My success or lack thereof does not define me.  I am part of God’s perfect creation, made in His image to do His works for His kingdom.  Being a child of God is the one truth that should define me; it’s about time I start living like it.


This is my Prayer: Father God, thank you for creating me and taking such care to define who I would be. Jesus I am so grateful to know You and to be part of Your plan for the world.  Lord help me to live like a child of Your creation realizing that I am perfect in You just as I am, no other effort required.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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