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The Perfection Scam

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We all (myself included) seem to try so hard to achieve perfection…perfect jobs, perfect marriages, perfect credit scores, perfect children with perfect grades.  We see post after post on social media of friends jetting off to exotic vacations and earning job promotions, achieving dramatic weight loss or financial success, and sometimes we wonder what we’re not doing right.  Why aren’t our lives perfect when everyone else’s lives seem so grand? Perfection is a delusion.  Most of us have this vision of what a perfect life looks like and who has it.  We may see this “perfect mom” who gets her kids everywhere on time, always dressed well with shiny smiles. She bakes for every bake sale, heads every committee, takes care of a meticulous home, and does it all while maintaining a slim physique and fabulous hair.  While those attributes and accomplishments are all admirable, no one and no thing is perfect.  What looks perfect never really is.  Everyone has something they struggle with, some sort of battle. Some of us are just better at masking it than others.

Perfection is elusive.  Happiness is not.  We can do our best at everything we attempt (and we should) but trying to live up to the idea of some idyllic life simply isn’t realistic.  It’s not human.  The only true perfection we can ever hope to find is in the only One who is without flaw.  Remember that YOU are capable and worthy of all good things.

“As for God, His way is perfect. The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 18:30


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