The Antidote to Perfection

I don’t know how to change a tire. Football doesn’t make sense to me. And much to the chagrin of my husband and son, my idea of camping is a key-card at the Marriott.

As an only child, raised by a single mom, my skill set is easily quite “girly.” Pointed toward proper behavior, I grew up quickly under an umbrella of great responsibility and high expectation. That didn’t mean I never had fun, it just meant my fun was tidy, organized, and scheduled.

I was a good girl. I never realized how bad that could be.

Neatly tucked behind chore lists and principal’s honor roll, leadership skills and graduate school, was something much more than simple follow-the-rules, do-right goodness. It was fear. And fear fed a much larger beast: perfection.

Failure wasn’t an option, and the fear of disappointing those I held in high regard kept me on a perpetual people-pleasing, approval-seeking race. There were no wings to spread. I didn’t make many mistakes to learn from. Who needs to compete with others, when you can compete with yourself?

Along the can’t-fail-won’t-fail path, I met Jesus. In my mind, we were the perfect match. Good girl meets great God and lives happily ever after. Simple. Logical. Neat. Jesus and I just made sense.

But Jesus didn’t want my mind. He wanted my heart. And He wanted all of it.


I’m honored to be sharing a piece of my story at Holly Barrett’s fabulous Testimony Tuesday link-up. Please follow me over to her space to continue reading about the antidote to perfection that Jesus has poured into my life …


You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots:  Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory)Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), and Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday).

4 thoughts on “The Antidote to Perfection

  1. This message is like a song to my heart. The melody line so familiar to the one being scripted on mine this season. (And I’m sure in future ones too.)
    “I had allowed status-quo to rule, and the approval of man to reign, while my rightful King simply wanted me to be real.” Yes Tiffany, yes…

  2. love it, LOVE IT!!
    don’t you just love how Jesus takes us as we are…fears and warts and all?!

    hope you’re having a fabulous day.
    visiting from jennifer dukes lee’s place.

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