The War on Perfectionism

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The war on perfectionism

American culture, afraid of hard work suppresses perfectionism, a trait closely tied to a strong work ethic. So many articles and papers explain the detrimental effects of striving for perfectionism; the website, Psychology Today says, “Perfectionism may be the ultimate self-defeating behavior. It turns people into slaves of success—but keeps them focused on failure, dooming them to a lifetime of doubt and depression.”
Admittedly, becoming too focused on perfectionism for the wrong reason can cause un-due anxiety, but is perfectionism really bad? No! Vince Lombardi, known as one of the most successful football players and coaches ever said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” True, as fallen human beings, we can never achieve perfection, but striving for excellence makes us more successful. Glorifying God, going above expectations and giving a higher sense of fulfillment are all benefits of perfectionism. Foremost, Christ commands us to do things to his glory and to a high standard. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Just 'good enough,' is not 'good enough' to God. Christ expects perfection, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48. ' The bible also warns that everyone sins, but as Christians we must imitate Christ, who never sinned. Christians must rely on God for their perfection, not
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