But it’s not perfect!
All of my life I’ve been a perfectionist. In the 2nd grade when we were creating self-portraits at school, my mother was mystified by my insistence that I wear the same dress for several days in a row. (I wanted to get the details just right.)
I recall in 8th grade getting a “D” in Art class because I couldn’t finish my projects; I couldn’t get them to be perfect.
It’s a disease and I know that others suffer from it too. (Like the 5th grader I worked with who was afraid to estimate an answer to a mathematical problem because, well, it could be wrong!)
I think perhaps it is something that we teach ourselves to believe?
Here’s the pitch I’m repeating these days: Jesus is bigger than any mistake.
Try this at the family dinner table (or wherever your family is gathered together): Have everyone (adults included) share a mistake that they made that day. Repeat the process on a daily basis.
Exposing and naming our goof-ups teaches our kids that:
- Everyone makes mistakes;
- Home is a safe place to confess our sins;
- When necessary, forgiveness can be extended;
- We can all celebrate God’s gift of I-love-you-anyway Grace.
It’s not too late to learn: Jesus is bigger than any mistake. What learning is happening in your family?
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Broken seedling by D. Sharon Pruitt, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.