I’m Not Perfect. Lesson 4 of 40

I am not perfect…surprise! In today’s lesson, I have learned that I don’t have to wear a mask of perfection. I quit my day job of trying to always present a perfect image. The song and dance was exhausting and certainly not worth the pay. The load was just too heavy to carry. Somehow, I became convinced that I needed to always present a perfect image to others, never willing to expose my flaws. The driving force to being perfect was pride, let’s just call it for what it is. I wanted to present perfect because I wanted everyone to think highly of me.

However, on my road to 40, the Lord has helped me to be more vulnerable and share my weaknesses, sometimes more than I care to. Many times, as of late, I come to the end of a conversation and ask myself, ‘did I just tell them all my business, with all the warts and wrinkles?” However, the more transparent I become about past and current areas of brokenness in my life, the more I see the power of God on display. When I am transparent, I realize that people are more willing to open up and share their areas of struggle with me, and I in turn am able to point them to Jesus, the PERFECT ONE! God’s grace is indeed enough, and His power works best in my weakness! No, I am not perfect, but I am clinging to the one who is in the process of perfecting me. How about you? Do you struggle with always trying to present a perfect image? Leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Blessings,

Anika

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

4 Replies to “I’m Not Perfect. Lesson 4 of 40”

  1. The thing I’m finally embracing is putting my needs and wants first. No one can love me if I don’t love myself.

    1. Thank you for comment Eleshia. This is such a delicate balance. God has called us to be servants (Mathew 20:26) and looking out for the needs of others (Philippians 2:4). But I also realize that being a servant doesn’t mean that I should totally neglect my own well being. It’s easy to be at either extreme….being self absorbed and only looking out for ourselves, OR looking out for everyone else AND neglecting our own well being. Scriptures show us that even though Jesus was the greatest servant, He had times where he got away from the crowd to tend to his own well being, mainly through prayer (Luke 5:16). He didn’t heal and perform miracles 24/7. He realized that He also needed time to rest, which is such a great way to take care of ourselves. As I seek to be the servant God has called me to be, He gives me the balance that is needed and His grace shows up in powerful ways!

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