Is it possible to rest when perfectionism shadows one–day and night? Perfectionism is striving for perfection–flawlessness, no spot or wrinkle. Perfectionism is an unattainable goal, and yet, a perfectionist believes anything less than perfection is wrong… worthless…without value.
Perfectionist set impossible standards for themselves and those they interact with.
Perfectionist are overly critical and demand excellence from both themselves and those around them. They can be a terrible task-master.
Perfectionist often measure their identity, self-worth, or self-esteem by their accomplishments.
Requiring oneself to achieve unrealistic goals can only lead to dissatisfaction and failure.If one is only at rest when all is perfection and perfection is never obtainable, is it possible to find rest when the perfection monkey is hanging on your back? If anything less than perfection causes one’s temperature to rise and irritation bubbles up within one’s soul and the result is an explosion that tops the most volatile of volcanoes is rest possible? If one’s stomach is always churning because perfection is an impossibility–I ask you, one more time–is rest possible if one is a perfectionist?
I think not. Perfectionism robs one’s soul of rest/peace. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28.
If your soul is weary and burdened from trying to please the perfectionist within then, perhaps, it’s time to lay down the thorn of perfectionism and come to the Lord for rest.