I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Sunday, June 22, 2008

That's Perfect-- er-- Imperfect But Enough!

Sometimes we make 'perfectionism' sound like a good thing. The truth is that perfectionism is just another name for nit-picking, the spirit of criticism. It doesn't make you friends, and it certainly creates walls between spouses and parents and their children.

Tune into your "internal nag" again if you find yourself about to give advice or to criticize others. What does your criticism really mean for you right now? What is being triggered? How can you meet your own needs for internal peace? Would prayer help?

Thinking Work:Get out your pen and paper. Reflect on ways that you are expecting unrealistic things from others. How can you change your attitude to 'encouragement' (building up the heart) instead?
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~Colossians 3:13

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