when you look at somebody who’s a perfectionist, it looks like a pride problem. “that guy’s a snob. he’s got to have everything perfect.” but actually perfectionism is a sign of insecurity. in essence only insecure people demand perfectionism from themselves and everybody else. they're afraid that they might make a mistake.
just a thought from the front porch…
It’s not a sin to make a mistake. sometimes mistakes are ok. they’re beneficial. columbus discovered america by mistake. goodyear discovered vulcanized rubber by mistake. alexander graham bell discovered the telephone by mistake. a lot of mistakes turn out for good. you don’t always have to bat 1000 [it would be nice if the dodgers would just hit 300 with runners in scoring position but that’s for another day]. when you feel like you’ve got to do that, you put yourself under the burden that paul’s talking about here in galatians 5.1 (niv), it is for freedom CHRIST has set us free. stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.
JESUS said in matthew 11.28-30 (niv), come unto ME all you who are weary and are burdened [you’re burdened down with life] and I will give you rest. take MY yoke upon you and learn from ME. HE said, “MY yoke is easy.”
why don’t we do this? we put the burdens of perfectionism on ourselves. we try to gain GOD’s approval by our actions.