Perfection: Stop Playing the Game


Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

– Galatians 1:10 NIV


Growing up I remember going to my friend/cousin Traci’s house to play. We did lots of different things both inside and out but I loved getting to select a board game to play. Her family had so many to choose from. One of my favorites was perfection.

For those that don’t remember this game it had an assortment of small yellow pegs with various shaped tips. Each of the pegs fit into a specific square on the blue plastic board. Sounds easy enough but there was also a timer and the pieces would pop off the board if everything was not in the correct place before the timer went off.

This game reminds me of my life. I strive to put everything in the right place so everything is “perfect”. The problem with this notion, though good in theory, just like the game it does not play out well in real life. Not only is this life style stressful for my family and me but also it is unattainable.

I need to take a step back to gain a better perspective on my life and what I am expecting of others. God does not expect us to be perfect because He know it is impossible for us. He only asks that we are obedient to Him. God will take care of the details, the pieces in your life and organize them in a way that not only makes sense but also will bring Him glory.

Therefore, you and I need to stop striving for perfection and pleasing others and starting seeking God.


Dear Heavenly Father, it is so easy to be consumed with striving for perfection. We are surrounded by airbrushed and staged pictures that make the perfect body, home and family look not only attainable but also easy. Help me to not fall into the enemy’s trap and become distracted and lost sight of You. Help my eyes to be fixed on You and allow You to gently guide my steps this week. In Your Precious Name, Amen.


Your Turn: I encourage you to put away your to-do lists for one week and simple go to God at the start of each day and Him direct your steps. Be led by God not your lists.

Striving for Perfection


Perfect start to the day, quiet time in the Word before the rest of the family gets up. After a prayer it’s time to wake up the kids – who happily rise from their beds, without a frown or grimace and put on the clothes laid out the night before. Breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls warm from the oven await the family. Lunches and backpacks are out and ready to go. After finishing breakfast and cleaning up, the kids quickly get on their coats and shoes – conscious to help the younger ones, before giving big hugs and kisses and heading out with smiling faces to the bus. Speaking of which, what is that noise?


This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section.