GRACE IN PROGRESS
by: Michele-Lyn Ault
Surrendering perfection. . .
Perfectionist is a label that brings negative connotations. Those who struggle with it know how hard it can be to live in the tension of how you envision things can be in your mind, and how they are in reality. Then you either feel powerless to make it happen, or like a control freak trying to make it happen.
Can I propose something?
What if the desire for perfection isn’t a personality flaw? What if it’s an ache for wholeness? What if it’s a yearning for completeness? What if it’s an awareness you were created for it? What if the tension within that always seems to create tension without is a knowing you were made for more? What if it’s a faint memory of something lost ages ago? What if it’s a grieving of how things were meant to be? What if it’s a longing for what you were really created for?
Created by a perfect God for a perfect world and a perfect Spirit living inside of you as foretaste of future glory.
The reality is we will never find perfection on this side of eternity. But it really is okay. We can’t make it happen and it’s okay to let go. While we wait, we can rest—letting go of control and surrendering perfection.
On this side of eternity Christ fills all in all making us whole, and He’s the One who is holding it all—us all—together so we don’t have to.
We are heirs of Christ. The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as His adopted children, including the new bodies He has promised us.