Many of you artists out there – and perhaps people from other occupations as well – can likely identify with being a perfectionist. If you’ve ever heard yourself saying, “This just isn’t good enough” or “I’m better than this,” then you can almost certainly relate to the character in this comic. Although, hopefully, you’re able to show a little more self-control. 🙂
Perfectionists, I believe, tend to have both good and bad elements. The good is that we work hard to achieve the very best quality in all that we do. The bad is that we hardly ever recognize good work when we do it. And, when it gets really bad, we may give up on something altogether – throwing in the towel “because it’s hopeless”.
In such times, I try to remember this: that while I’m not perfect, God perfectly made me the way I am (see Jeremiah 29:11 and 2 Timothy 1:7). He gave me the strengths I need to succeed, and even the weaknesses to keep me humble. He made me with a purpose in mind, and to say, “I’m not good enough,” is to say God messed up. So, despite my perfectionist tendencies, I choose to admit admit that I cannot ever be perfect on my own power. In fact, I’m a bit of a mess most of the time. But, in God’s eyes, I’m a beautiful mess.
Like the painter in the comic, sometimes we just need someone to come alongside with a word of encouragement. Perhaps it’s not as bad as we think.
God bless, and happy MLK day!