I share the importance of choosing progress over striving for perfection.
"Progression Not Perfection" each time I make this statement, the response is usually a sigh of relief. Things won't always be perfect or work out perfectly. You can get it wrong sometimes, and guess what? You WILL get it wrong at times. For an established perfectionist like myself this reality can cause me to hyperventilate in seconds.
I wish I was perfect but I’m not. I wish my life was perfect but it hasn't and it's not. I wish I didn’t have flaws but I do. I wish I didn’t make mistakes, yet I do. God knows I won’t always have it right, He knows that I won’t always have it altogether, He knows I will fall at times. He really knows.
This notion of perfection can so easily create a wall between me and God, a wall that God so desires to knock down each time. I always have to remind myself that God is not seeking for perfection but progression. He desires an individual that is striving to go after Him and though they fall many times, there’s a willingness to get back up and take Him by the hand.
His hand is His truth, the truth that though little old me doesn’t have it altogether, I rest in a greater truth that in my greatest weakness His strength is indeed perfected (2 Cor 12:9). The truth is in His word and those are truths that will never change and will set me free day by day.(John 8:31-32)
Our imperfections are perfect, they affirm our great need for the Lords amazing grace and leadership in our lives. Our imperfections are not to push us away from God but they are to bring us to Him.
The truth is those broken, ugly and imperfect parts will not be despised by our Father, with joy He will receive them and love us like they never existed. (Psalms 51:17)
As a result of us being open to Him, we are transformed by an unfailing, merciful love and in that process we may recognise all the more how imperfect we are but we keep going back to Him and as a result we find ourselves conforming to His image, we begin to see ourselves how He sees us.
That is progression, the courage to hold on to the truth and stay focused despite the imperfect conditions we are in internally and externally.
Take each day as it comes, it might be good today and a little shaky tomorrow but always establish yourself in truth, His truth.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus