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The Growing Problem of Perfectionism and the Perfect Solution in Jesus
The answer then to perfectionism is not working harder but resting in Jesus’ work and worth. Our perfection—our identity and worth—is found in his. Whether or not we or our children achieve certain goals, are honored or noticed for our accomplishments, or perfectly excel at anything are not what gives us value.
My desire for my two children to turn out to be godly young adults has actually become an idol.
Until I realized that I was trying to be my own savior and conquer the pressures of high school by myself, I did not realize I was seeing Jesus incorrectly.
He works all things together for good for those who love Him, and rather than take pride in a perfect track record, we can take comfort in His grace – a grace that catches us when we fall so we may live bravely and boldly for Him.
The sooner we admit our vulnerability to ourselves, to our friends, and to our children, the sooner we can stop holding ourselves and our kids hostage to unattainable ideals, and lead them instead into the rest and freedom of life with Christ.
My false identity of the “good girl” was crushed even in my best efforts, and what was I met with? God’s graciousness and a reminder of my Gospel identity.