Tuesday, January 8, 2013

No need for perfection

Psalm 119:96
I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but Your command is without limit.

Do you struggle with perfection?

I do.  I want everything I do to be perfect.  If I don't think I will do it perfectly, I often won't even try.  I don't want to experience the f word....failure.

I received a wonderful camera for Christmas.  It is so neat that I'm certain it could probably fold my laundry if I programmed it correctly. 

The problem...I don't know how to use it fully.  I became frustrated yesterday because I want to know it all...NOW.  I want my pictures to be beautiful and crisp...NOW.

If you notice, the picture I posted is not clear.  I wanted the beautiful yellow tree to be in focus.  Instead, the green tree closest to me is focused and the yellow one is fuzzy. 

I will have to read and practice for my photographs to become what I want them to be.  They are not instantly perfect. 

As I was reading through my devotional this morning and praying I came across Psalm 119:96.  It hit me like a ton of bricks....I DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT AND NEITHER DO YOU.

I realized that perfection doesn't matter.  It is the journey that does.  God has never called us to be perfect.  He knows it is impossible. 

Matthew 22:37
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

God has called us to love Him with everything we have.  He has called us to rely on Him for everything. 

I can not find one Scripture that tells me I have to be perfect and that is so refreshing. 

Yes, we are to be hard workers.  We will not gain what we do not strive for.  However, perfection is not what God is looking for and neither should we.  He wants us to relax and love Him with all we have.

I will continue to study and practice with my camera, but I will remind myself perfection is not required.  Focusing on God and living for Him is.


  1. Awesome reminder!!

    I love it when God so clearly speaks to us through his word!!

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  3. I struggle with this everyday. How can I be more perfect? The answer...I can't, but He is. Thanks for the reminder, Marci. You may not be perfect, but you are an inspiration!

  4. I often remind myself that only God is perfect.

  5. Wonderful Marci...as always!!
    I struggle with perfectionism as well. In my head I know I live on a standard of grace and not perfection, but so often I fear failure. It is neat to see God uses my failures for something beautiful. I have to remind myself that I am a work in process and His workmanship. While I am not perfect this side of Heaven, He is chipping away at me daily.
    Love ya lady! I am sure the house is quiet for you today-hope you are having a wonderful day :)

  6. Speaking the truth as usual. Yep, I set impossible standards for myself too sometimes and often need the reminder that I and my life do not have to be perfect and never will be. Picture taking is a good example. It often takes trial and error to get that perfect shot. You may have to take a dozen shots to get one "perfect" one. At least that's what this non-expert does! ;-)

  7. oh dear girlfriend! I could have written the entire post! Well, not the camera part - but you can insert pretty much anything I have ever attempted into that spot! We don't have to strive to be perfect. Just to be who God has made us to be. We are washed in the blood of the Savior - the Father sees us as perfect every time!

  8. LOVE this!! It's so true. I struggle with perfection too, but you're right...no where in the Bible does it say that we must be perfect...because it's impossible for us to be perfect. Thanks for the reminder!

    Also, I just thought I'd let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster award.

    Be blessed friend! :)

  9. This is such a great reminder to me! thank you so much:)

  10. This is such a true post! I also have the perfectionist tendencies too, which I why I need to remind myself of this truth often!

  11. I think my procrastinating tendencies are really the result of perfectionism. If I can't do it right, I just won't start, etc. I don't need to do everything perfectly, I just need to DO something. Thanks for the reminder!


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