Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”– Proverbs 3:5-6
Insight: God never calls us to be perfect, because there is no such thing apart from Him. He only calls us to be obedient and to trust in Him, which is the very essence of faith. But oh how many times I get this wrong and allow the enemy to sift me like wheat. Countless times in my life I have begun a task, only to get sidetracked, despondent or worse yet to quit because I allow perfectionism to seep into my thinking like a mold spore invades a yogurt. Perfectionism is the real dream killer in my life, and it has definitely wreaked havoc on some of my best intentions. The only anecdote for perfectionism is to study and truly believe the promises of scripture, like in Proverbs 3:5-6 above which implores us to put all of our trust in the Lord and not in ourselves. Sounds easy right? I mean, we should all want to do this and we can see the absolute wisdom and truth in this scripture. But how many times do I fail when the storms of life assail me to try to fully put my trust in God? Most times, I either try to grab full control myself or I go Ostrich style and put my head in the sand and hope the problem or challenge just disappears. Obviously, both of these reactions are equally wrong, and both come with their own negative consequences.
Here’s the point God has been trying to teach me for years and which I am extremely slow to fully implement in my life: His ways are always better, always in the right time and always lead to the best outcome even when it may look like the complete opposite is true. We need to learn to trust Him in all things, even when we think we got it ourselves. Here’s the main problem when we do that: Perfectionism will often creep in like a midday fog in the San Francisco Bay and hold us captive until we cry out for God’s help. He’s most likely saying “ I had this the whole time, but you put your trust in yourself and not in me.” How slow we are to learn. Scripture is always revealing the real strength of our faith, and the truth for me is I am often left realizing it’s not as strong as I thought or wished it was. Deeper trust and obedience is what we need in all circumstances. Otherwise, perfectionism will kill all of our dreams
Prayer: Jesus, help us to trust more deeply in You and be honest when circumstances reveal to us how weak and feeble our faith sometimes is. We need You and nothing else will do. Amen!
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