I am continuing on in my "Behind Those Eyes" study and learning so much from it. Lisa describes many of the roles that we, as women, often play trying to impersonate the women that we want to be , or, many times, the women that we want everyone to THINK that we are!
As I began reading about the first "character" in our study, "Ms. Perfection", I must admit that I did not expect to find ME in that chapter. (That's not me! I'm not Ms. Perfection, that's so-and-so!) But guess what -- there I was right there in the pages of that chapter, too! I'm gonna pull in my toes and hide them under the table so that they won't get stepped on anymore!
In her book, Lisa says, "perfection is perhaps, the most common characteristic that women impersonate. We get caught up in the trap of trying to appear perfect for others."
We try to appear to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect employee, the "perfect package". The perfect package is "the woman who knows it all, sees it all, whips it up for dinner, and sells it for a profit." I am WOMAN hear me ROAR!
What God is reminding me of through this chapter is that, first of all, I will never be perfect! In my flesh, there is no way that I will EVER be perfect! It's not possible! I need to come to terms with the fact that my self-worth is not determined by what someone else thinks about me. No one else is perfect, either! They may just be a better impersonator.
My "peace comes from my relationship with Christ, not my weight, my clothing size, what car I drive, or how many church functions I attend. Peace does not come from pleasing others, but from obeying God.", says Lisa.
I must admit that, as a middle child, I have the "Peacemaker Syndrome". I want everyone to get along and be happy with each other and I wear myself out trying to make sure that happens.
My goal needs to be OBEDIENCE, not perfection!
He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."