Persistence over perfection...

Hey Friend, would you consider yourself a perfectionist... "a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection"?

I would have to answer yes for myself.

But to my downfall, that need to have things 'just right' before moving forward has oftentimes... 
  • kept me feeling 'stuck' in places I don't want to be 
  • caused me to fear not making the 'perfect' choice, so I make no choice at all
  • left me feeling frustrated and discouraged over my lack of progress
Can you relate?

Thankfully, true to His amazing character, God always meets me right where I am, in the middle of my mess, with gentle reminders that He is looking for persistence rather than perfection.


Social media has been a place where I have been able to connect with so many amazing people. But given everything that is happening in the world today, I have not been interacting much in good old FB world. Many times I am still unsure of when to speak up and when to shut up. I find that scrolling through my newsfeed no longer brings me joy. 

I want a space free of politics, free of negativity, free of confusion, free of overwhelm, free of everyone knowing everything and everyone else knowing nothing, free of judgment, free of criticism...
A space where I can be me and you can be you, and that's OK... 
A space where others can come to learn, be inspired and feel equipped to handle whatever it is you need to handle.
A space where YOU can feel supported, heard, and encouraged.

So I started to create that SPACE... and boy oh boy, did all the fears and doubts come right to the surface.

All of these feelings well up and spill out every time I embark on a new journey. I was reminded yesterday by a very dear friend that whenever we commit to God's good, the old devil always tries to get his two cents in there and he knows exactly where to strike... for me it is at the heart of my perfection.

The last time you tried this it failed.
Do you really think this time will be different?
What if this isn't the right choice...

There is no perfect choice, there is no perfect answer, there is no perfect outcome.
There is persistent, messy action that moves you forward... done is better than perfect.

I don't know exactly what it's going to look like...
I don't have everything perfectly planned out...
I don't know where it will lead...
and that's OK (or at least that is what I am telling myself, remember I'm not perfect!)

Do you have a spirit of perfectionism that is keeping you from taking action?
Have you been feeling led to step out of your comfort zone and do a new thing, but fears over it not being 'perfect' are keeping you right where you are?
Are you mulling over whether or not it's the right choice, so you aren't making any choice at all?

Step out in faith today, my friend.
Kick that spirit of perfectionism to the curb.
Take messy action.
Just do it. 

Until next time... Blessings!



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