When Being Perfect Isn't Enough

Have you ever felt like you were the only one who didn't have it all together? I know for me, I have tried it all. Eating healthier, running more, vacationing when I can and just making sure that everything is neat and tidy. For some reason, though, it all just doesn't seem to be enough. I have been looking back at all that I have done to make things just right and I feel all wound up instead. My creativity becomes empty and I get discouraged. Lately, I have been really thinking about what it means to completely surrender. When the Bible talks about completely believing that Jesus is who He says He is, it means going all in.

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. - 1 John 5:5

There isn't anything that we can do to be successful, presentable, or even great. I fear failure, just like anybody else, and somehow it has made me a rather stiff soul. It has made it harder to forgive not only others but myself. When it comes to taking care of ourselves, the most important thing we can do for our minds, bodies, and souls is look completely at Jesus and not our fears. Why?

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6

Maybe you are discouraged. Is there a project you just can't seem to get a head start on? Are you buried in mountains of work and forgetting things (I know I do)? Running out of steam? Not only is Jesus the only way to feel complete, He has Someone on "standby" just for you. He wants to see you succeed. He is excited for all that He has planned for you.

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. - John 14:26

'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. - Jeremiah 29:11