So, what is it that makes us want others to see us as "perfect"? Why does it matter?
In my life, I have noticed that I have fooled myself into believing that if I am less than perfect, that might mean that I am failing. Whether it be at marriage, parenthood, housecleaning, weight, whatever...if I am not doing it "right", then I must be doing it "wrong". Then, adding to that pressure, there have been times that "not my best" AKA "NOT perfect" has had the consequences that I fear the most...rejection. Sometimes, we might run across people in our lives who have not loved us unconditionally. They may have ridiculed us, talked negatively behind our backs, or the very worst (in my opinion)- lead us to believe they would love us no matter what and then walk out of our lives over some mistake. Wow. The hurt of someone that you loved and trusted to eliminate you from their lives because you have erred or sinned is painful. Won't we try to protect ourselves from that kind of hurt? Doesn't our silly, human mind (and Satan?) somehow convince us if we pretend to be perfect, than we won't get hurt? People will like us...they will want to be around us?
Look at the description of "The Perfect Package":
"the woman who knows it all, sees it all, does it all, whips it up for dinner, and sells it for a profit. (You know, she's the one you and I are intimidated and annoyed by.) She dressed impeccably, has money to burn, and sews her own curtains. But she calls them window treatments since she knows the importance of semantics. She manages her household, stays in touch with her friends, organized neighborhood get-togethers, and doesn't break a sweat. She returns phone calls promptly, decorates her home professionally, and never misses her boss's birthday. She is overworked yet never stressed. She has a Colgate smile and a size 4 body. She fins time to scrapbook, run marathons, and serve on the town council. She is the personification of a perfect package."
Hasn't society convinced us that this is the type of women we should strive to be? So, if we can't do it, we are busy trying to act like we can, that we make ourselves crazy trying to please everyone except God.
The prayer at the end of the Bible Study guide is lovely and well worth some prayer time on my part.
thank you for seeing us from the inside out. Thank you for desiring a relationship with your daughters that is based on love and grace rather than perfectionism. May we, throught your power, break free from the trap of trying to be perfect. May we replace our old efforts with newer, more spiritually minded ones. In Jesus' name. Amen