Striving for Perfection
Do you feel the pressure of this world to be perfect? Society puts a great deal of pressure on women. We strive all day long to do our best at work, run the kids around, cook supper, wash clothes, clean house, help with homework, etc. All of this we are expected to do while having the perfect body, hair, makeup, clothes, and more. The problem is that we will never be perfect, but we were not meant to be. The only perfect one was Jesus. Maybe instead of pushing ourselves more than we should, we need to start accepting and being appreciative of the unique women that God made us to be.
God does not make mistakes. He formed you while you were in your mother’s womb (Jeramiah 1:5). You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Before you were born God imagined how you would look like, what your personality would be like, and what your life would be like (Psalm 139:15-16).
The picture below stirs my soul. When I was 7 years old my parents divorced. I had just been saved and was new at talking to God. During this time there were nights when I could hear my parents fighting down the hall. It was so scary for me. I would pray for God to stop the fighting. Then I would lay on my bed and cry myself to sleep as Jesus held me. Even at that young age I knew that although I was only a child, this grown-up Savior, Jesus, would listen to me–a little child. This verse speaks to my childhood self:
“For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.” Psalm 71:5-6
So what does He ask for in return for His love?… Only that you will love Him back, declare He is your Savior & the Son of God. He asks that you go out into the world living the way He did while saving and encouraging others with love. He put you in this world at this moment and time in history for a reason. He made you the way you are for a reason. You may not understand it now but one day you will.
What is it you don’t like about yourself? If it’s something spiritual or health related you need to work on then by all means take care of that. But if you focus on body parts and material things being a show of your worth then that is not good. If you don’t like your nose, don’t try to change it. God made it that way for a reason. I think you get my point.
The things we truly need to focus on are the things that Jesus is concerned with..not what the world would have you change. When our soul, spirit, and attitude reflect Jesus we are beautiful from the inside out.
Make a point to speak to God and have your Bible time everyday. This will be a time to refresh your soul and spirit for your busy day ahead. When you get in your car take a moment to look in the mirror and remind yourself of the fearfully and wonderfully made woman you are. You are a beautiful and unique woman that God loves. Remember that and also encourage other women you see so that they know who they are too. We are princesses in God’s kingdom!
When life gets stressful just remember to take time for yourself and declare God’s Word over your life and bind the issue you are having.
God knows the number of our days. Each day He gave to us for a purpose. Let’s make sure we are not wasting those days and living for Him always. One day we will grow old. But even then we will still be beautiful to God and He will still be watching over us. So instead of worrying about worldly things, give thanks to God for your blessings and the blessings to come!
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