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Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, as a child I was a straight-A stu­dent, and I strive to get the same grades to this day: If I make a mi­nor mis­take at work, I want so badly to avoid an­other that

I’ll spend the next week rewrit­ing emails so they’re per­fect and stay­ing late to comb through projects for hid­den er­rors. At home, my house is never clean enough, and when my kids beg for pizza I feel guilty for not serv­ing them a ‘bal­anced’ meal. Most of the time I can hide the pres­sure I’m putting on my­self, but things came to a head last week­end: I spilled a drink on my friends’ car­pet, and got so upset when I couldn’t get the stain out that I had to leave. I ac­tu­ally sent her flow­ers the next day, and she called and laugh­ingly said I needed to ‘cut my­self some slack.’ But to me that trans­lated into ‘Yep, an­other mark I can’t meet.’ What’s wrong with me and how do I fix it?”

Wis­dom of the Word

For you were once dark­ness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as chil­dren of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all good­ness, right­eous­ness, and truth), find­ing out what is ac­cept­able to the Lord.

—Paul in a let­ter to the Eph­e­sians, 5:8–10 NKJV

We un­der­stand and yet…

We know You don’t ex­pect us to be per­fect, so why is it that we ex­pect perfection of our­selves? We set the bar for our per­sonal per­for­mance im­pos­si­bly high, then beat our­selves up for fall­ing short. What’s the cure?

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