A Problem with Perfection

I grew up being a perfectionist and I soon discovered that I didn’t know how to befriend people. My standards were too high. Now that I’ve rejected that dis-ease, I recognize that perfectionism hampers us all. And it’s not pretty. It’s de-humanizing because it’s unrealistic and unattainable. What’s true as a community of faith is that we expect perfection from our leaders, but the reality is we will always disappoint you.

Our growing edge as a church has been to loosen up and have fun in worship, yet our Puritan and Congregational DNA lingers and does us harm when we can’t be authentically human during our time together with God. We’ve come a long way since I first became your pastor this time three years ago! I love how you welcome each other, and step in to help each other as you did last Sunday when we made paper boats. I encourage you, however, not to rush towards criticism for what appeared to be a ‘failure’ and instead focus on what God wants you to learn in that moment. As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” (1 Cor. 8:1)

We know who you are, Holy One of God, and yet the idea of recognizing your authority in our lives often remains deep within us. Yet, you are more about peace than power, love than leading. May our calling grow deeper within as your Spirit equips and inspires us in faithful living. Thank you, God. Amen.

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