Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. Daniel 5: 26
By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain
Trick or Treat? Perfectionism is no treat and will always trick you into missing grace.
No matter what you struggle with--service, household issues, art, work, family or church--striving for perfectionism will only make your life miserable. Here are thirteen scary things about perfectionism.
- You can't do it all. Believe me, I've tried.
- Someone is always better to you, and that person isn't even God.
- You'll feel awkward in social settings because everyone is better, happier or more adjusted than you.
- Someone's always going to judge you both for what you're working so diligently on--or for what you, by necessity, left undone.
- Everything else will fall apart as you obsess over the one thing you're trying to perfect.
- Someone's going to say, "That's perfect, but what about...?"
- Once you do it perfectly, pride will step in. The Pharisees were the ultimate perfectionists.
- Emotionally you will exhaust yourself.
- Physically, it will make you sick--raise your blood pressure, make you overeat.
- You'll fail to see all that you do well because you're so focused on your failures.
- Because you know you'll fail, you'll procrastinate.
- You'll avoid trying new things.
- You'll lose the joy of living.