Perfectionism

Perfectionism

I have a confession to make.  I can be a perfectionist.  But not always in the obsessive, work on a project for entirely too long way.  Recently it has manifested itself in the don’t try, cause it won’t be perfect kind of a way.  If I don’t know that I can get an A+ then I won’t put forth the effort to do it.  I’m trying to work on this, and so I have some thoughts to share.  For those of you who may not know, I’m a graphic designer, and I work at a church.

So my thoughts lately have been, it’s okay if there is a flaw in something that I do.  Let it stand as a reminder that I don’t want to be a part of the consumer/materialism culture that is working it’s way through the church.  And a reminder to myself, that the work I’m doing is aimed at those who are truly hungry, for that is who Christ has asked us to reach.  He’s told us to move on from those people who are unwilling to hear – Matthew 10:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5; Luke 10:11 – so we can focus our attention on spiritually feeding and ministring to those who are hungry.

On a side note, in regards to the arguments in the church on being original and creative, and not recreative – I say who cares who’s idea it is – if it’s been used a million times, or never before – strive for what reaches people, and feeds the hungry masses whatever that is.
Disclaimer: I am in no way saying that we shouldn’t give our absolutely best – God deserves that, but what I am saying is that God doesn’t need (or dare I say want) perfection.  We don’t always have to be uber creative, and come up with a perfect piece, God uses us without that.  The key is that our heart is focused on Him, and why we are doing what we are doing, and not on ourselves, and what people will think or say about our work, but that it will move people closer to God.

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