Stepping Stones: Imperfectly Yearning For Perfection

Stepping Stones: Imperfectly Yearning For Perfection
September 15, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
Writing these devotionals is so enjoyable, enriching, such a blessing, and has really pushed me to dig into God’s word regularly. The down side, I want to say so much about each tip, in a couple paragraphs, so it’s not just a great feel-good message, but really practically equips you to Iive the life God wants for you that very day. Well, I am a perfectionist, and Satan uses that character flaw to try and suck the joy and excitement out of the blessing of being used by God to impact others. I’ve already written this one a couple times, wanting to be precise, impactful, catchy, brief, and practical. Why? Unfortunately at times, it’s more about my issues, and not as much about seeking and serving God well. I really have to be intentional to not fall in that trap. It’s important to remember that we live in a fallen world; a world that is so far from normal because it is tainted by sin. So much failure and frustration result from our seeking perfection in this life.
Today, remember that your yearning for perfection is not a bad thing in and of itself. Know that God placed that yearning in our hearts, so we would search for Him and not for it being about ourselves.
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Prayer
Dear Father God,
I know Father that my heart and soul contains many ill effects of the fall. As a result of this I often try and achieve perfection apart from You. This sets me down a path of frustration, insecurity, inadequacy, and failure. I sadly admit Father that this wrong path also included some form of idolatry. I want to return to You Lord…to the path that leads me to You. I will do this Lord, by seeking You first and foremost. As I seek You, Father, I know You will set my feet on the right Stepping Stone…that you will give me a firm place to stand and the guidance to take the right next step. Help my search for perfection, point me to You. I pray in Jesus’ perfect name, and all God’s people said, – AMEN!

The Truth
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.
Psalm 40:2-3
that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
Philippians 3:11-13

Comment (1)

  1. Anonymous 13 years ago

    Hi this was extremely helpful today. I thought about perfectionism most of the day, how it can hang me up. I read that Benjamin Franklin failed school due to impulsivity and perfectionism….at least he failed arithmetic and that kept him from going to seminary. He had to make very quick deadlines when he became an apprentice in the printing trade. Funny how he went from one extreme to the other.

    I know I need to think about this topic every day. I don't have a Plan B, or a printing trade position, ready for me to go to if my perfectionism gets the best of me….thank you for this important topic….

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