Thursday, January 10, 2013

What Every Perfectionist Needs to Know

I been realizing something lately.

For those of you that know me well [and those that don't too, maybe.], please don't laugh...

*whispers* I'm a perfectionist.

Shh. [I don't want people to know there's something wrong with me (Because I'm a perfectionist. But shhh!)]

That's the thing, right? What perfectionist admits they're a perfectionist? Because there's nothing wrong with perfectionists and being a perfectionist would be a bit of a flaw. Right?

This perfectionist here? She's a little squirmy as she writes this post.

But here's a little realization I'll share with you fellow perfectionists. [You don't have to shh about this realization. It's one everyone needs to know.]

Admit it. You're a perfectionist.

I know, I know. It's tough to admit there's something wrong. But do it.

Because when you can admit that you're crazy broken [Let's be honest, can you really do all that, perfectly, on your own? No. No one's perfect, and that's a fact.], this crazy grace from this crazy God finds you. Captures you. Frees you.

I know, I get it. I know what you're thinking because this perfectionist has thought it all too many times. I'm not good enough for grace. I need to do just. a. bit. more. to earn that grace. 

I don't deserve grace.

And that's just it. That's what grace is

Grace is getting something you don't deserve.

And maybe this world (and this perfectionist too?), this world where you earn every grade, every dollar, every good thing, can learn to accept His grace?

I've been learning how to be broken. It's tough, for this perfectionist girl. 

Nobody likes being broken, and all the more for us perfectionists, y'know? 

Learn to receive His crazy grace. 

You know that saying? "If it's too good to be true, it probably is?" This isn't true for this.

To all you perfectionists - relax. Shed the burden to be perfect. His power is made perfect in weakness. His grace is sufficient for us. 

His grace is right there. All you have to do is reach out.

Claim it.

Then, don't forget to respond to that grace.

Not cuz you have to earn it.

But because it's the least you can do, right? Shouldn't all that crazy grace spark some response?

Live as a recipient of grace who can't help but be compelled to spread some crazy grace in response.

His grace, my fellow perfectionists, and living as a "freed-by-His-grace"...

That, is the most perfect thing of all.


  1. This is the bomb!! :P Just saying. . :) This is the gospel. . GRACE! FREEDOM! I love it!

    Lysa :)

    1. haha, thanks lysa. you're such an encouragement to me. :)

  2. Perfectionism is something I struggle with DAILY. And that's hard to say, because I'm not supposed to struggle, right? Of course not! Trying hard to surrender "perfect" tonight, and I remembered you saying something about perfectionism in your 2013 recap. So I hunted it down. ; ) thank you, sister. I needed this tonight.

    1. thanks girl. from one perfectionist to another, believe me, i know how you feel! glad these old words could encourage you, perfectionist to perfectionist. :) xo


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