I don't know how things work at your office, but we like to have fun where I work... (you have to when you are surrounded by senior citizens)! I have a running joke with the girls in my office that I am a woman without flaw... when I do something good, I remind them that it's obviously because I am "perfect." When I do something wrong, it's because something else wasn't perfect and it messed up my "vibe." We always have a good laugh, and bring it up in almost every conversation. I obviously realize I am FAR from perfect...But in all seriousness, I have to laugh at myself about a phase I actually went through which I so lovingly refer to as "project: perfection." (I am sure none of you ever experienced this...)
I am hinting to the fact of course, that I have a problem: I want to be perfect. And when you're a Christian, it's an uphill climb as we are constantly trying to be more and more like Christ! I wanted to be perfect like Christ, I wanted to be a perfect wife, mom, friend, pastor... perfect at everything possible! As if I didn't already need help in the craze to be perfect... this crazy little site came along that had the power to make even Betty Crocker and Martha Stewart feel like deadbeats... you and I call it: PINTEREST. Pinterest came along and soon, every woman began to think every party now had to resemble the magnitude of a small circus, and every dinner had to be home-cooked in the shape of a different animal each night. I started to become obsessed... I had to consult Pinterest for everything, and soon... trying to become perfect was majorly exhausting! Now, I will stop here on the Pinterest chain, but if you've been on it, you know the feeling I am talking about! No, I don't blame Pinterest for my vanity, but it is the perfect example of how easy it is to get so caught up trying to be perfect at everything, that we end up being good at nothing.
I found myself getting down on myself when I wasn't "perfect" or when I did something wrong... I began worrying less and less about who God said I really was, and became more and more concerned with how people viewed me... did people think I was a good mom? Did people think I dressed cool? Was my house perfectly decorated with hand-made intricacies? Pretty soon, it became easier to be concerned with appearing so good than about BEING so good.
Finally, God told me to get over myself and QUIT COMPARING! Galations 6: 4-5 says, " Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work YOU have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsbility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. " That says it, all! God hasn't called us all to be Betty Crocker, or Martha Stewart, or Rachel Zoe. God made each of us unique... with a unique gift mix and a unique mission! Girl, if you're anything like me, forget about trying to be perfect at everything- and start doing your creative best at changing and making the world around you the best it can be! Imagine if Betty Crocker wished she were Martha Stewart... we would all still be making (horrible) chocolate cakes from scratch :) Love who you are TODAY, and forget about what your NOT! And for heavens sake, get off Pinterest and go hug your kids (or your man, or cat, or whatever you have)!
One last thing, if some of you (like me) are intent on being perfect, let it be to work on it in the 2 Peter 1:5-7 way, by perfecting goodness, knowledge, self control, persevereance, godliness, patience, & love! Now that, my friends, kicks Pinterest's butt ;)