Person making sure a sign is perfectly straight

I’m a recovering perfectionist. Here’s what changed my mind.

Title: I’m a recovering perfectionist. Here’s what changed my mind.
Artwork by: YMI
Description: When Jesus says, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), He isn’t expecting “perfect” the way we imagine it to be—never making any mistake and thus living in constant fear of failing.

In God’s eyes, to be perfect is to grow in Christlikeness—loving Him with all our heart, pursuing a holy life by being quick to repent and turn away from sin, and choosing to persevere in the face of trials. We will not “arrive” at the “full state” of perfection while in this life, but the point is to keep running towards that end goal, knowing that Jesus is eagerly waiting to receive us at the finish line.


Person measuring and straightening a letter on a sign.

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