Perfectionist, Be Healed

Perfectionist, Be Healed

I am a perfectionist.  I set high standards for myself; then I find it upsetting when I fall short of those standards.  Upsetting may be an understatement - I have turned being hard on myself into an art form.  We each have our own gifts and talents, this happens to be mine.

The problem arises when this habit comes face-to-face with the grace of my Lord Jesus.  He loves me so much that He died for me; even while He knew about all my mistakes.  He loves me so much that He doesn’t want anyone to be mean to me, including myself!  I think this was one of the things Paul had in mind when he wrote the following to the believers in Philippi.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. - Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

He didn’t say, “Whatever mistake you just made…” or “Whatever stupid thing you said yesterday...”  He didn’t even say, “Whatever you fear may happen tomorrow – meditate on these things.”   No, Paul clearly wanted his readers to train their minds to focus on the good things God had placed in their lives.

I believe that self-reflection and self-correction play an important role in any Christian’s life.  However, we should approach ourselves in the same loving manner that Our Savior would use.  I pray that each time my thoughts venture into condemnation, the Holy Spirit will remind me to turn my mind toward truth, purity, and things worthy of praise.