Overcoming Perfectionism: You Can’t Do It All

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” Col. 3:23


By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain

Our church has formed a woman’s group we call Tea At Two. Our social was formed, in part, to create friendships among its members. In our socialization, we use our gifts to minister to our community.  It meets twice a month.  This week we’re putting together goody bags for the police officers.


Tea At Two
I’m not going.
And in my perfectionist state, I feel a little guilty. However, by attending, I’m spreading myself too thin (if only that resulted in weight loss!) I know my calling and am learning my limitations.
In some churches, my attitude would be condemned. (And in the past, it had been). The project is worthy. It’s church sanctioned. Most of my friends–and certainly, those who form the leadership foundation–will attend.
Nevertheless, I’m not going.
We’re each given twenty-four hour days and a limited number of gifts  Mine are in mentoring, writing and glass work. My calendar is full. To attend, even though it’s a good fellowship and people want me there, would weaken what God has called me to do.
The above Scripture says “Whatever you do.” It doesn’t say, do it all.

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  1. For too many years, I'd believed I had to do it all. I'm still learning that I don't.

  2. Words of Wisdom, Carol. And so true!

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