Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Breath of Fresh Air

Hello. My name is Megan and I'm a perfectionist.

It's true. I've been a perfectionist my whole life. I never recognized it as a kid or teenager but it has become overwhelmingly obvious as an adult. I like control, I like order and yes, I want to be perfect. I unfortunately have spent much time building up my own perception of what I need to be and the impact it has had on my life has often been devastating.

I am currently leading a Bible study at my church about perfectionism and I am loving what God is teaching me. I am leading this study because of my own need to be free from perfectionism and because I think in many ways we are all perfectionists. Sure, you and I may look very different in how perfectionism plays out in our lives but in a society that cares about image and perceived success, perfectionism plays a part in all of our lives.

I am really learning so much about what the Bible has to say about striving to earn God's love, remaining in God's love and worshiping the approval of others. I do not use the word worship lightly here as I believe when we are striving for perfection and gaining our self worth through the eyes of other people (or even our self) we are worshiping someone other than God. God wants us to be free to experience His overwhelming grace, love and forgiveness in our lives but in order to do that we have to know, I mean really know, what God has done for us.

I want to take the next few minutes to present some of the wonderful verses that God has given us in His Word that have been a breath of fresh air to my soul. As a person who strives to earn what has already been given to me I am able to take a deep breath and breathe in these grace filled promises. I pray you are able to do the same.

Romans 3:20 - For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

Romans 3:22 - We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Romans 4:5 - But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

Side note: the word faith appears 24 times in the first 4 chapters of Romans. God only "requires" faith.

Romans 7:6b - Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 - So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:11 - The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.

These are just a few of the verses from ONE BOOK that reiterate just how much God wants me to trust Him. There is a certain work that is done in us and through us when we put our faith in Jesus Christ and that work can never be achieved aside from faith. God bless!

1 comment:

young wife&mom said...

i am reading through romans right now and was struck by the same thing...i love the simplicity of romans and just wish i could tap into those truths every moment of every day without slipping into old mindsets and sin patterns! ugh! thanks for sharing megan.