“Perfect is the enemy of good” Voltaire
In a culture where people are championed for looking or being perfect (in physical fitness, outer appearance or by outperforming others in roles such as a student, mom, wife, friend or business professional) we have to fight the urge to fit in just because it’s easy.
For a long time I’ve struggled with the fear of making a mistake/saying or doing the wrong thing/displeasing people but especially God – believing the enemy’s lie that I have to be perfect.
In other words, I was afraid to stand out by being myself.
This perfection led me to procrastinate, not try, and bow out of challenges. It also led to a lot of shame and hiding from making decisions in my life.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Bible story that reminds me that God looks after all people even those who are in low social positions is God’s relationship with Hagar.
God spoke to Hagar in the Bible when she felt lonely and desperate in the forest. Hagar was a pregnant slave woman carrying Abraham’s illegitimate son. She was running away due to unfair treatment by her master’s jealous wife Sarai. When she had nowhere else to turn, alone and pregnant in the forest God showed up to meet her. “She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.””Genesis 16:13 NIV
This encounter with God through an angel was truly life transforming for Hagar. She names the place after meeting God. He tells her gently where to go, about the birth of her son, future children and acknowledges her situation.
The bitterness in Sarai’s heart towards Hagar was due to her failure to have faith that God could produce an heir in her in her old age but God is faithful to His promises so He knew Sarai’s joy would come when God gave her a child.
We can take courage in that God sees us too and that in His eyes we can gain confidence and accept Jesus’ love and compassion enough for ourselves to step out in faith.
Another scripture that stands out to me is “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us” Romans 5:8.
We are flawed sinners yet wildly loved by Jesus.
In the spirit of new adventures: I say cheers to the blog starters and blog posters, the timid and creative, the entrepreneur and the artist and cheers to the ones who have the courage to be themselves: stumbling and bumbling forth into new waters for the glory of Jesus Christ.
How will you step out in faith?