Pressure to be perfect may push us one of two directions- overwork or under achieve. Some people strive for perfection with unlimited preparation and perspiration expecting everyone to do the same. Others throw in the towel before they try because they know it's not going to be perfect. Either way, results lead to dead dreams and unmet goals. How do you respond?
I believe accomplishing a task with excellence honors God. However, fear of rejection often becomes our driving force taking us in the wrong direction. Our self-worth mistakenly depends on our ability or inability to perform. We long for approval from others, even God.
God says it himself in Matthew 5:48 (NLT) - You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Talk about pressure to be perfect! It's tough enough living up to an imperfect earthly father's expectations let alone expectations of a flawless Heavenly father.
Don't be discouraged or defeated. A little understanding of the word perfect gives new perspective and passion.
Ironically, the modern meaning for “perfect” is imperfect from a biblical view. Webster's Dictionary defines it as having no defect or fault. Thus, the pressure humans put on themselves or others.
For the follower of Christ the biblical definition means suited for a determined purpose. When God told his people to be perfect as he is, he meant “be fitted for your purpose, to fulfill your ultimate design, as fully as God is.” His command does not come with unbearable pressure or a set up for failure. It's inspiration to fulfill your God-given destiny.
You are already approved by God. Exhale! Obedience honors God. Exhale again! Now, allow him to use those imperfect experiences to move you into his perfect plan and purpose for your life.
God is my strength and power; and he makes my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33 (MKJV)