You don’t have to be perfect! Like me, have you ever felt like you had to “be perfect”? Or, that you couldn’t do something you really wanted to do because you were afraid that you wouldn’t be good enough or would be outright bad?
I know I have. I struggled with thinking that I had to “be perfect” most of my life- albeit, subconsciously most of the time.
You Have to be Willing to Fail
One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that no one does things perfectly the first time around, if ever. There is only one person who ever lived that was perfect. Jesus.
It took me a long time to not beat myself up if I didn’t do things perfectly or if I messed up.
Well, I’ve got news for you, in order to be good at something you first have to be willing to fail!
If you are never willing to fail, then how can you improve?
Step Out in Faith
When I joined Covenant Players to act with a Christian Repertory Theater company, I had faith, but I thought surely everyone saw my knees and hands shaking as I stood up to do my first play. Let’s just say, I was bad when I first started. It was a long learning process. One step of faith after another.
When I first started writing books, I didn’t know what I was doing. I just knew that I wanted to do something with the poetry that I had been writing for years. I wanted it to be a blessing.
I didn’t have a clue as to how to write, format and publish a book much less to let people know it was out there. However, as I kept on going, I have a lot more knowledge, ability and resources than when I first started.
You Don’t Have to be Perfect
I didn’t always do things perfectly, but I started and God met me. There’s an expression that you may have heard. “If you don’t get in the car and put y our foot on the gas you won’t get anywhere.”
God will meet you, but you have to step out in faith first.
My point is this. Whatever it is that God has put on your heart, go for it. Don’t let your fears or what you don’t know get in the way of stepping out in faith. It’s easy to doubt yourself. I know, I’ve done it over and over again. I’ve looked to my own weaknesses instead of God’s strength and provision.
If the thing that God’s put on your heart seems impossible to you, remember that if God has put it on your heart, then He will meet you and lead you one step at a time. We don’t see things the way God does. We see only a small part but He sees everything from beginning to end.
I don’t know how my books and writing will impact people, but He does. I will never “be perfect”. However, I just have to step out in faith and do those things that are within my power and trust Him with the details.
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One Last Thing:
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