Perfection and Fear….a response


Lots of thoughts are running thru my mind as I just finished reading Chapter 7 & 8 of The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst.

Release for peace. “But she can’t embrace winter until she lets go of fall.”(pg.99) What am I being asked to release?

I struggle with fears. Two especially with regards to decision making – the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown. I am being asked by Jesus to release these two fears. Walk in confidence and keep my eyes on Him as I make decisions. “There is no perfect decision – only the perfect surrendered decision to press through our fears and know that God is working in us to bring about good through us.” (pg.87) That is the crux of the fears for me….perfection.

Perfection. A word I have always struggled with. Grades in school to the meal I put on the table. How friends perceive me. How well I am doing my job. Is the writing piece right. Did I say the right thing? Perfection is a trap a trap that holds up my decisions. Its friends are the fear for failure and the fear of the unknown. Perfection leaves NO room for grace. Peace. Love. Joy. Authenticity. Rather it invites in stress. Chaos. Criticism. Anxiety. Worry. Facades.

I am challenged to let go of the perfection and embrace the grace of trusting God more and more. I have seasons where this has been easier than others. I find myself in a season right now where God has shaken up what I have on my plate. Shaken it up and challenged me to release it; allowing Him to put on my plate what HE wants. I want to make the right decisions and head in the direction He wants. If I am not careful, I will find myself not moving at all because I fear making the wrong decision.

“If I’m trusting myself I will stare at all the possible ways I could fail. If I’m trusting God, I will stare at all the possible ways He’ll use this whether I fail or succeed.”(pg.83)

Freeing. Its freeing to believe and rest in the fact that if we are looking to God, reading His word, praying, growing, being still; we can trust that He will direct us. And freeing to remember there is no perfect decision.

What am I being asked to release today?

To release holding onto where I have just been and what life has looked like. Walk forward, eyes on Jesus.
To release the fears that want to keep me from walking where Jesus is heading.
To release the fear of the unknown. I may not know but I do know the one that does. It is not unknown to Jesus.
To release the fear of failure. My job is to walk by faith. Take risks. Eyes on Jesus. Trust. Believe He will guide me. Believe He uses good and bad.
To release holding tightly onto what I think my schedule, life should be. Release the lie that I can do it all. Embrace that peace comes as things are released and life stays in balance.

TODAY ….challenged to trust, to not try and figure it all out and listen to the voice of God. ( Proverbs 3:5-6 (Message) )


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