Pep Talk for Perfectionists

Dec 13, 2012

She called to talk about my son, but I was the one who benefitted. As she spoke of his desire to perform perfectly, I nodded my head knowing how he feels.

Two missed phonograms lead to a meltdown in class.

Haven’t I melted down over feeling like I failed. 

She wanted to make sure he knew God loved him no matter what he does or how well he performs. 

Yes, I know: “God loves me no matter what I do right or wrong”. But knowing and living are two different things. I know His love is unconditional but I feel I have something to prove. 

She goes on with the words which stuck in places needing to be comforted:

“I want him to understand God only expects him to do the best he can do.” (uh huh, yes). “His best may change. Some day he’ll have a demanding job, kids, church responsibilities and he needs to know his best may look different.” (silence on my end of the phone).

Some day his best may look different.

My “some day” is now. Pre-kids my floors rarely held a stray toy; a place for everything and everything in its place. Now I feel like I’m suffocating with stuff. There are more “undoers” in our home than those who can help put things back in order. How many stickers or Legos have I fished out of Knox’s mouth now that he can crawl? 

But I’m doing the best that I can do. My best in this time looks vastly different from my best six years ago with one tiny toddler in our home. When the 4th baby came I had to let go of my ideals of how my home would look or how my children would be entertained because I’m only one person…doing the best she can do. 

So sweet perfectionist friend, as you head into the last two weeks before Christmas breathe deeply and know confidently you are doing the best you can do. That’s all God asks from you.

In doing my best these are the memories I’m making and some verses I’m meditating on…

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27


“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28


  1. MJ

    Thank you. Beautifully written. xo, MJ

    • GodCenteredMom

      thank you for encouragement!

  2. Leslie

    I love all your pictures in this post. Especially the last one with all of y’all. So sweet. You will be glad you have pics like that when they are grown up! You are the Best! And I am proud of you and the “best” that you are putting out all around you, is awesome. Keep on following hard after Him, gal.

    • GodCenteredMom

      thanks chica! that last one is our traditional “take a pic of the family after putting up the tree” pic. We have one every year since quade was a baby. Thanks for leading me well and your encouragement!

  3. HisJules

    I so needed this today! Thanks!

    • GodCenteredMom

      so thankful it was helpful to you! hope you have a great weekend!

  4. HisJules

    I needed to read this today, Sometimes you need to hear that its ok that your best isn’t what it used to be…Thanks

  5. Jacki Rucksdashel

    Thank you for this reminder! Actually, I believe the Lord really wants me to learn this lesson right now. After a phone call from a friend this week pointing this out, a book I just received as a gift called “She Did What She Could,” and your post…I’m listening God. Praying for that sweet boy of yours…understand that school situation entirely too well :). Praying we all can live it out.

  6. Jennie

    Ahhhh I needed this!!!


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