Yesterday we looked at the fears and inaccurate beliefs that go through the mind of a perfectionist. Things like equating one small mistake with complete failure. Things like if one little part is less than just so, the whole thing is ruined. Things like every house on the block is tidy and clean but mine. Things like I have to be so much better than I am before I can do that.
We’re going to talk more here about how this plays out and how to stop it from playing out. But today I want to bring us back to the Word of God. And remind us once again that God does not treat us as completely ruined and useless when we make a small mistake or when we commit a massive sin. His mercy is new every morning - sunrises exist for the perfectionist! Forgiveness is abundantly available.
I also want to remind us of what is essential in life (godly love and character) and what is not (a 20” waist or following all the advice in Real Simple magazine). The Word holds the power to renew our minds and point us to what is truly essential. So read the following passage slowly. In fact, read each sentence through slowly twice before moving on to the next sentence. Let it sink in.
2 Peter 1:3-12 (New International Version)
Making One's Calling and Election Sure3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
12So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.
Now in your own words summarize the key points of this as they stood out to you. What is God whispering in your ear today through 2 Peter? Write it down. Here in the comments or in a journal. (Do not worry about writing it perfectly. Do not spend two hours crafting it. Do not pull out 3 commentaries so you have the “right answer.”) And then make it your prayer for today.