Slowly glancing over I observed my friend as she dug deep into the beautifully adorned goody bag sitting at her place on the table. Pushing the slivers of hot pink tissue paper to the side, she pulled out a bracelet. The metal plate on the front displayed these two words typed in plain black ink “Embrace Imperfection”.
Immediately I knew I too NEEDED that bracelet, and so I began a search. I quickly headed to the table near me with empty place settings to search for a goody bag with that same prize. And, I found it.
My heart so often needs to hear those words. My weary soul needs to be reminded.
You see, I am a perfectionist. I have been for as long as I can remember. If you asked me about myself, I would likely describe to you a pretty mediocre individual.
I can do many things, but I can do none of them perfectly, therefore, I fail.
In high school, basketball was my sport of choice. I loved the game, and as I got older I worked really hard to be the best that I could be, BUT many games I can remember recalling the shots that I didn’t make, rather than the ones that I did.
As I go throughout my day to day life I have often held on to this outlook. Many times I dwell on the things I didn’t get accomplished, the areas in which I wish I could have done more, the characteristics in my life that seem to fall a little short. And somehow I forget about all that has been done, all that God is doing in me.
God is still working on me.
And, until that glorious day when I go home to be with him, I will be imperfect. I will fall short.
But, He sees beauty in my imperfection.
After all, He is the maker of this imperfect heart.
So, today, I choose to embrace imperfection. In myself. In others. And, then I say “Thank you Father, for you do not give up on me, even in the midst of my short comings. “
Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
**I was able to get my hands on an extra “Embrace Imperfection” bracelet and will be giving it away to one lucky reader at the end of this week! All you have to do is leave a comment in order to be entered for your chance to win!**