Goodbye Perfectionism. Hello Joy!


I sometimes struggle with perfectionism, and those feelings often try to block me from doing something, telling me I’m not good enough, inadequate, and unable. If I let those feelings stay around long enough, a heavy weight of responsibility replaces the joy in my life. The Lord showed me something wonderful this past week, and I hope it helps you as much as it helped me: Just walk with Him, and let Him be God!

God is good.

Jesus Himself emphasized, “No one is good except God alone” (Luke 18:19, NASB). When God calls us to join Him in something He is doing, we can rely on His goodness to see us through. He is good. He is faithful. The Lord tells us in Lamentations 3:21-26 that we can confidently rely on His goodness, lovingkindness, compassion, faithfulness, and powerful presence in whatever situation we find ourselves (Lamentations 3:21-26). We don’t have to concern ourselves with being good enough. God is good, and when He is with us in something, He is faithful to see us through.

God is adequate.

“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5, NASB). The Lord empowers us to do His will and His work so that He gets the credit, not us (2 Corinthians 12:8). Our lives are meant to bring glory to Him, that others might know Him too (Matthew 5:16). We can know without a doubt that He who called us is faithful, and He will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

God is able.

On our own, we are weak and unable, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). In fact, He is “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power [His power] that works within us” (Ephesians 3:20, NASB). He can do whatever He desires because He is God. We are meant to acknowledge our weakness and live in dependence on God, “so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7, NASB).

When I turn away from my fears and perfectionistic tendencies, and look at the goodness, adequacy, and abilities of God, I’m overwhelmed . . . and overjoyed. I’ve realized the Lord wants to give us the joyful delight of joining Him in whatever He is doing . . . and the joy comes when we look to Him, release our lives to Him, and simply enjoy the journey, because we are walking it with Him. He wants to give us the blessing of being with Him and enjoying His presence.

When the enemy comes at you in the future trying to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) this beautiful opportunity to walk with the Lord and look at Him, remind yourself to fix your eyes on Jesus instead (Hebrews 12:2). He is good. He is adequate. He is able. He promises that when we abide in Him, in His Word, and in His love, His joy will be in us and our joy will be made full (John 15:4,7,9, and 11).

Question: In what area of your life do you need to say goodbye to perfectionism and hello to joy? Comment at the link below.

Susan Jane King

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