It doesn't have to be perfect to be perfect.

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I’m a little bit of a perfectionist. I like paying attention to the details and getting everything just right. This can work to my advantage at times, as someone who carries out many administrative duties, but it can also get in the way of living in the moment, taking things as they come and being content right where I’m at. Lately, God has been teaching me that not everything has to be perfect to be perfect. Allow me to explain. My birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year. I’m usually not the type to make a huge deal out of my birthday (although I always love gifts!), but this year I really looked forward to it. I planned to celebrate on the weekend with a special friend of mine. Saturday came and I put on a pretty dress, painted my nails and started curling my hair. The plans ended up needing to be switched around, so that we would celebrate on Sunday instead. Being the (overly) emotional girl that I can be at times, I got real pouty. Not sure why exactly, but I had a vision in my head of how the day would go and this didn’t line up with the perfect day I had envisioned. Despite the fact that my friend had been caught up actually doing something else for me, I still (selfishly, I know) allowed myself to become upset at the minor adjustment to our plans.

Sunday came and I had the best day. I busted out the dress, as well as the curling iron again. I had an amazing time. I received a perfect gift, well thought out and chosen with the utmost care. We ended up getting a bite to eat and meeting another friend to play a game (something I really enjoy doing). It felt like it had been the perfect day. When we made our way back to the house and I said goodbye for the evening, I looked down at my feet only to realize that I had forgotten to change my shoes. The whole night I was sporting my dingy gym sneakers with my pretty pink lace dress. We both had a good laugh at that.

The lesson God was teaching me in that is this. Things don’t always have to be perfect to be perfect. Sometimes getting too caught up in the details can cause you to lose sight of the biggest blessings right in front of you. Things don’t always have to be just right to be amazing. Incredible moments and memories are often birthed in the middle of less than perfect situations. And honestly, perfection is an unrealistic and unfair expectation to set for others, ourselves or our circumstances. And sometimes you can wear the pink dress and sneakers and still be in for a magical night.

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. (Ps. 18:32)

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