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A Still More Excellent Way

Perfectionism, in direct opposition to the gospel, strangles off the channels of grace by which the Lord intends to nourish us and bless others. It keeps our eyes turned inward and focused on ourselves rather than on love. It leads us off mission and makes us the little gods of our lives. Jesus says that He comforts us in order that we should comfort others in the same way (2 Cor 1:4), that we are to go and make disciples (Matt 28:19), that we are to bring flavor and life to the world around us and shine brightly so that people know who has sent us (Matt 5:12-16). He says that what will set us apart in this world will be how we love (John 13:35). It takes such energy and self-focus to keep up appearances and wage an endless PR campaign. I am not about my Father’s business when my true concern is how I am being perceived. Love is snuffed out, and all of my interactions with people become mere manipulation. The noisy gong and clanging cymbal of my lovelessness are deafening.

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