Scripture makes it so clear that being a perfectionist, placing faith in our own abilities or strength, is foolish. I love that! I’m thankful for the straightforward truth that reminds me I can’t possibly be perfect, because nobody is perfect.

Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,
no one who does what is right and never sins.
(Ecclesiastes 7:20)

When I was looking for verses to share today about perfectionism, I remembered singing a song in college that referenced Romans 3:10. “There is no one righteous, not even one . . .” I can’t remember the song, and no amount of Googling helped me figure out what it was. But the point is that none of us is perfect.

And as 1 John 1:8 says, if we say we are, we’re just fooling ourselves.

Who do I think I’m fooling with my “everything’s okay” mask and “I’ve got it under control” attitude? Why do I think people believe it when I act like I never make mistakes? They don’t. Nobody believes that because it’s not true – for any of us.

None of us is perfect, but the beauty that comes in spite of that admission is that God loves us anyway. He IS perfect, so we don’t have to be. What freedom. What grace. What relief from the burden of myself. None of us is perfect – not even one, not even me.

This post is part of 31 Days of Giving Up on Perfect. All month long, I’ll be writing about my fight against perfectionism and my quest to get on with life, already. For more 31 Days, visit The Nester.

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