As much as I would like things to go perfectly. As much as I would like to execute every relationship, every soccer practice, every interaction with someone perfectly, deep down I have come to the realization that I don’t want perfection, I want progress and there is not progress in perfection. Another word for progress is learning. If I executed everyday with perfection I wouldn’t ever learn anything, I wouldn’t get better, I wouldn’t progress and that is freaking BORING. I feel as if we live in a perfectionist society and it all starts with education. Get all A’s and your awesome, if you don’t then well your just average. Ive really come to learn this coaching young kids. I don’t care where they are at day 1, all I care about is that they are a better player on day 10. I want them to know that its not about where they are now, its about where they are day 10 and the hard work it took them to get there. I don’t care if the kids I privately coach make mistakes, all I care about is that they get better by having a relentless attitude.
So give yourself some grace. I understand the desire for perfection. In fact I agree with it, as long as you know its impossible. When you know perfection is impossible then you can live with freedom and grace. You can have fun, learn, and progress. Perfection isn’t fun, progress is fun. Seeing yourself go from a 3.0 GPA to a 3.25 GPA is fun. It instills the belief in yourself that you can get to a 3.5 GPA and so on. I am not saying that you shouldn’t go for a 4.0 GPA, what I am saying is progress is fun, being upset about imperfection is miserable. Be comfortable with where you are. It doesn’t matter where you are right now. What matters is where you are 1 year from now and is there progress? Have you learned anything?
I dont think God created you with the expectation of you being perfect. I think he created you knowing you would be imperfect, cough cough the reason for Jesus, so let yourself walk in his love. Let yourself walk in Grace. Stop looking at what you lack and start looking at how far he has taken you and that will instill the belief in you that you can get where you want to be. I don’t want perfection because that means Ive stopped learning. I don’t want perfection because that means a relationship with a perfect, loving, powerful God is unnecessary. Living with Grace so you can see progress is a fun life to live.
-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter