“It’s got to be perfect….”

“I don’t like it”, Grace screamed, throwing her pencil across the room.

It was her fifth attempt at drawing Sheba, the family dog. Each of these drawings seemed pretty cute, but for Grace, everything had to be perfect, and these drawings were no exception.

If you’re the parent of a child with perfectionist tendencies, I’m sure you can identify with this. Sadly,  this trait can also be carried on well into adulthood, causing people to miss valuable opportunities in life simply because they were waiting for “all their ducks to be in a straight line.”

But the truth is most people aren’t aware of what we sometimes worry about, so our focus should be on progress, not perfection.

Am I advocating for a life of mediocrity? Certainly not! Our God is a God of excellence, and He expects us to emulate Him, but He’s equally aware of our weaknesses.

Many years ago, I suddenly forgot my moves during a choreography dance ministration, so I stood still while the other girls continued the dance routine. Thankfully, everything went well, and I bet everyone thought this was all part of the act.

Looking back now, I can’t help but laugh, but I could have easily been flustered, which could have affected our ministration.

So, permit yourself to be human; laugh over your bloopers, but keep moving in the right direction.