Just Breathe

“Perfection”
💛Guest Post By Samantha Nungester💛

Perfect.

This word has given me major anxiety most of my life. I would look at the perfectly cut crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunches, to the ooey-gooey homemade chocolate chip cookie posts by other wives and moms and think, “When will my day come? I can’t even remember to switch the laundry out before it sours.”

This is the thing about perfection though: it’s person specific. What would be the “perfect” outcome to one, may just cause pure irritation to another. So, that tells us this: Perfection isn’t the enemy. LET ME REPEAT: Perfection isn’t the enemy. It’s trying to achieve some level of perfection without Jesus that makes the task so daunting. It’s less about comparing our lives among others, and more about comparing it to the truest judge of perfection of all: The Word of God.

Listen to what 2 Corinthians 10:12 says in the Message translation: 👇🏻
“We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.”
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When we compare our “less successful” season to another’s “more successful season”, we’ve missed the point. SUCCESS AND PERFECTION ARE PERSON SPECIFIC. God has not called us all to the same tasks in life, so there is no way our lives are going to look alike. A young, stay at home mom’s season of life is going to look quite different from that of an older, empty nester. So, quit comparing, love! Comparison is just a joy and peace robber.

Listen to this: 👇🏻
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” – 1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)

Do you get it yet? If we despise perfection and expect failure, it’s because we have not given proper recognition to the Love of God. You see, what you see as imperfection, God sees as untapped potential. He wants us to look TO Him, FULLY trust Him, and stop expecting perfection outside of relationship with Him. Cause at the end of the day, God wants availability more than He wants your acts of perfection. He wants availability to speak to your heart when you are troubled to give you words of rest. He wants the availability to laugh with you on those “Mondayest” Monday’s ever. Most importantly, though, He wants you to know He made you special, like no one else, and He cares deeply to just live life with you.

So, my dear, JUST BREATHE. I promise, this season will pass and another will be sure to come. It will get better. It will get easier. And in the meantime, ENJOY LIFE. Continue looking to the Perfect One who is made strong in our weaknesses.

“But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me.” ‭‭- 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭TPT‬‬