The Perfectionist

June 16

“Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:41,42.   

Here we have the contrast of two sisters.  Martha was Miss Hospitality, cooking, cleaning and making sure that her guest, Jesus, would have the best meals in the best plates and the best service.  Everything had to be perfect and organized. She was a perfectionist. 

A perfectionist is described as one who has the disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable or failure.  It is a ‘driven’ personality that sometimes misses opportunities for rest, self-praise, encouragement, and happiness.  Because no one is perfect, a perfectionist is usually their own worse critic. This can sometimes lead to struggle with self-condemnation or impatience with others. 

Martha’s sister Mary, on the other hand, knew how to enjoy the moment and she seized the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus to receive His words of life.  Martha was stressed out, tired out, and frustrated because everyone else around her was not stressed out, tired out, and frustrated. 

Are you a perfectionist who is constantly driving yourself into frustrations because the work is unending and others are not seeing your effort and plans to save the world?  If so, rest today and learn to let some things go.  Do not be hard on yourself.  Be patient with others.  Love yourself because Jesus loves you.  You are accepted and powerful enough to accept and celebrate the power in others. Take care of yourself and love YOU.  Jesus said: “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31.

Kingdom Declaration:

I love God and I shall love myself so that I can truly love others

Read the Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 4-6; Acts 2:22-47