Everytime I cook, I am seeking perfection. Fortunately most of the time my dishes are edible. They also tend to resemble the show on Netflix, "Nailed It". Each contestant is given an example to go by and a limited amount of time to try and recreate it. They are living my life.
Much of my life is a round robin of "try-try again". I have repainted walls so many times there was danger of the wall collapsing from the weight of the paint. I refuse to admit defeat and keep striving for perfection-every inch must be covered without flaw.
You name it--make up, gardening, volunteering, home maintenance, car washing, exercise,--why really everything I attempt I always come up a little short of my expectations. Before you jump me for being hard on myself, my expectations are not too high. I just want what the media tells us we should all look and be like.
I was recently talking with a friend about how we feel about our photos. I have deleted ten times more than I have ever kept. When I look at the image captured when enjoying great times, I immediately judge how I look. I am seeking perfection in my reflection. Instead of focusing on the wonderful moment and the joy of the journey, I am critiquing every facet of my appearance.
There is no perfection in this life. And the quest for approval is futile. Man is flawed and yet still seeks the unobtainable goal of perfection. We begin chasing the unreasonable quest for perfection instead of chasing God. The pursuit of perfection can become a bottomless pit of idolatry. Before you know it we become addicted to the pursuit of being perfect in all we attempt.
Only through Christ can we be made perfect. We are all flawed and we live in a flawed world--and yet we are promised to be made perfect in Christ~
And the God of all grace,
who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ,
after that ye have suffered a little while,
shall Himself perfect, establish, strengthen you.
I Peter 5:10