Worried about Perfection? Here’s Some Useful Advice
1 Peter 1:15 but 1alike the Holy One who called you, 2bbe holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
That’s a tough command. Nevertheless, that’s what God asks us to do. None of us are perfect, but I sure want to be. I was the at the top of my classes in school, and I always hated the fact that I missed that one question on the test.
As an adult, I’m always trying to improve and grow as a person.
But, I’m out of school, and I don’t get grades anymore. Plus my kids are grown, I’m realizing more and more how that desire drives me. I also think about that passage in Phil 3 where Paul said he strives for the resurrection of the dead. He wanted to achieve the perfection he would have in his resurrected body.
This is a great goal, but how do we live with ourselves when we face our fallen nature? Where’s the boundary of Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus?”
Striving to become as godly as we can while recognizing and forgiving ourselves for failing. That’s a huge job.
Today my guest is Doc Hensley, he is Professor of Communication (Professional Writing concentration) in the Communication Department at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and an annual judge for the Evangelical Press Association Awards and the Christy Fiction Awards. He has around five dozen books in print. One of his latest, Pseudonym, gets inside a woman’s mind and deals with several issues we face such as perfectionism and abuse.
1:55 What is the balance between trying to be holy and our desire for perfection?
3:05 How did you climb inside a woman’s mind?
6:08 The consequences of marrying an insecure man.
8:18 Do we women want the applause of others?
Learn more about Doc here.