There’s a saying “Perfect is the enemy of good”. This is usually said when people don’t try and do a project, or won’t try and learn something new because they are afraid they won’t be perfect or great at it. Has that happened to you? Maybe you didn’t want to learn how to ride a bike because you would be embarrassed to fall? This shows up a lot in art too–are you afraid to try and draw or paint because it won’t look like what’s in your head?
If we try to be perfect, we may be stopping good from happening. It’s true of parents too–do your parents admit when they are having a bad day? Do they tell you if they are feeling sad, or tired? Do they admit when they are frustrated? It’s good to ask your parents if they are–when you talk about it, you can ask how they deal with it. Too often people give up. But don’t–there’s always hope.
If you’re afraid to try something, ask your dad how he deals with that fear of not being perfect. Parents are sometimes weak, but it’s a way for you to see how they depend on God’s strength. God never gives up on us. Learn to lean on him and not get overwhelmed. Learn to ask for help from people you trust. And always pray, and never give up hope.
Don’t worry—I am with you. Don’t be afraid—I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. I will support you with my right hand that brings victory
Isaiah 41:10 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Thank you for never giving up on me. Teach me how to always hope, and to never give up on myself, on life, on others, or on you. Amen.