For a recovering perfectionist like me, this was welcome news! I started to think about what perfection would look like:
- I'd have time and energy to finish my to-do list--not just once, but all the time.
- I'd never burn dinner, be late for an appointment, or forget a birthday.
- I'd have no wrinkles, no blemishes, no gray hair, no bad-hair days.
- I'd be healthy, even with no exercise and all the junk food I want.
I could think of more, but it's easy to see that the list is all about me. Somehow, I don't think that's what God has in mind for us. If we were perfect, we could easily conclude that we don't need a Savior ... and that's not the Master's plan. We need to have a healthy humility in order to receive Him. Perfectionism and the pride underneath it don't mix well with humility.
The Lord doesn't want us to fail, but that doesn't mean that He expects us to be perfect by our own devices. His power is made perfect in our weakness: when we are weak, He is strong. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor 12:9a)