Thankfulness Over Perfectionism
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
I’m constantly trying to perfect something; trying to reach a realm of success and fulfilment. It is easy to tumble into that all-too-familiar mind-set of negativity and ‘unfinishedness’, but I would encourage you to glance again over this verse:
'Know that the Lord is God.'
Notice how such a short sentence carries the most effect? Perhaps instead of continually feeling the need for self-improvement we should make a habit of pondering these words.
When we do, it might help us to grasp how we can begin to ‘worship the Lord with gladness.’
Why do we donate so much time to that niggling feeling of inadequacy? Maybe it’s because we aren’t truly thankful of how God has made us; how the Creator has carefully pieced us together.
I’d like to leave you with one thought for this week: To consider what you’re thankful for, and when you feel the strain of perfectionism, to remember the Lord is God and worship him with gladness.
Rosie is in her last year of secondary school in Cambridge. She loves malt loaf, laughing, God's grace, new socks and is nearly always found dancing. She can't wait for all God has to show her this year!