Doesn’t it seem like it wouldn’t be so hard to put together just one perfect day? Just 24 hours of nothing going wrong. How difficult could it be?
For me, it sounds like bliss. Maybe a day on vacation could be perfect–away from the stresses, pressures, and decisions of home. Or maybe your wedding day could be the picture of perfection. Or the day you get that promotion. Or the day that your child graduates.
Maybe that will be the day.
But I haven’t had a perfect day yet, and today’s devotion reveals a string of far-from-perfect days.
Here’s a comment left by a woman reacting to how she’d like to break up with perfect:
“I desire to break up with the desire for a perfect day.
Everyone morning I wake up thinking, “Okay, today will be the day. The day I get it all done. The day I get my workout in, have a healthy breakfast, commit to non rushed devotional time, keep my cool, clean my house spotlessly, make a nutritious dinner, have limitless patience with my toddler, enrich his mind with Pinterest worthy crafts and activities, entertain him without mickey mouse club house while making that nutritious and delicious dinner, get work done, read, give the dog more playtime than just his standard walks, and have enough energy left over for my husband in the evening.’
And by early morning when I have failed, I seem to feel I have failed the whole day. I desire to wake up knowing that my best that day, that moment, is enough. My day is perfect because of Him and everyone else in it. Not the comparison and unrealistic standard I’ve set from a glossed over social media image. I desire to break up from my desire for a perfect day set to someone else’s standards.”
That’s exhausting, right? Yet subconsciously, lots of us shoot to do it all perfectly. We can decide to take a different approach instead of flailing around in failure. We can let go of our own attempts at perfection and choose to rest in God’s instead.
Psalm 18:32 has recently become a favorite reminder of the steps I need to take to surrender my mental pictures of the perfect day. It tells us, “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” We learn to:
- Seek our strength from God.
- Trust Him for the picture of perfection He creates for our way.
My niece and nephew, owners of Little Brown Cards, have made some adorable cards along with mini-clothes pins as a reminder. Leave a comment to enter to win a set of these cards and a copy of Breaking Up with Perfect. If you’re in a rush, simply say, “I’m breaking up with perfect!”
Note: This is one in a series about abandoning the pictures of perfect we create in our minds. If you look around and enjoy the series, you can receive the rest by subscribing today in the box in the sidebar (top right of the page). I’d love for you to join me on this journey to break up with perfect!