I want to say that I’m a recovering perfectionist, but truth be told, I’m a struggling perfectionist.
It’s a battle that I fight all the time.
It’s one of those pretty struggles, right? We talk about how lying is sin and so are gossip and greed. But perfectionism? It’s a pretty sin.
Perfectionism makes for SuperMom. In children, perfectionism is what leads to incredible grades in school and scholarships for the taking. Clean houses and happy homemakers. Or less-than happy homemakers, as mom tries to keep it all together so that no one knows how stinkin’ hard it is some days. Or maybe that’s just me.
If you struggle with perfectionism too, then join me on this journey for the next 31 Days. As she does every year, The Nester is challenging us to write every day for 31 days straight. I haven’t had much time for writing lately, so I knew this was a challenge I needed to take. My friends and readers at my facebook page chose this topic out of several. I think every mama struggles with perfectionism from time to time. So let’s join the battle together.
I want to look at some of the root causes of perfectionism and then see how those things play out in our lives as mothers, wives, friends, and followers of Christ. I’m going to share personal stories of how perfectionism takes hold of me sometimes, and ways that we can fight this battle.
I wish I could tell you that I had all the answers. I wish I could tell you that I’m so awesome that I never worry about a messy house or what people think of me when my toenails are chipped or I have baby spit-up on my shirt, but that wouldn’t be true.
And I suspect that maybe, just maybe, you don’t want to be preached at anyway by someone who knows all the answers. I think we can learn more by going through this journey together.
If you want to jump in with me, then subscribe to MamaGab by Email so that you don’t miss a single day of this series. And I just want to let you know that it’s going to be incredibly hard to write every day for a month, so I’m pretty sure there will be some highly imperfect blog posts. But that’s what it’s all about.
Hopefully, by the end of 31 days, we’ll all be a lot less concerned about ourselves, our needs, and what others think of us, and instead be focused on serving Christ by serving others and putting their needs first. We’ll live for an audience of One.
Are you in?
Want to check out all the posts?
Cease Striving (Sunday Scripture)
It is for Freedom that Christ has Set Us Free (Sunday Scripture)
Letting Go of Perfect Parenting
Perfect Power (Sunday Scripture)
My Not-so Quiet Times
The Imperfect Blogger