Bible Journaling Basics: FAQ–How do you battle perfectionism?

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This may seem a little similar to yesterday’s post about handling when you mess up, but it is a little different. When I asked some friends what questions I should tackle in this series, this one came up quite a few times. Maybe not everyone deals with perfectionism, but I think a lot of us do…especially when it comes to our Bibles and journaling pages.

As we create entries to go into our Bible, we tend to put an exorbitant amount of pressure on ourselves. We seem to think that if it’s going to be on the pages of our Bible, it needs to be perfect. Now I don’t want it to seem like I’m taking away from the importance of the Bible–it’s the Word of God. But we need to come to grips with the reality that we are never going to be perfect, and the art we create isn’t going to be either.

We might create something we really don’t like, but to someone else–it’s a masterpiece. More importantly, to God, anything we create to praise and honor Him, is a masterpiece.

For me, battling perfectionism on the pages of my Bible, is absolutely a reality. Even though I might know that my creation isn’t going to be perfect, I struggle. I envision something in my minds’ eye, but getting it onto the page…that’s a whole different story. I truly don’t consider myself an “artist.” I know I’m creative and have a good eye. But getting what I see in my head onto the paper, is really difficult. Especially if that involves drawing or painting. Those are not my fortes and I have a really hard time feeling like my work is good enough in those arenas.

Here’s what we need to remember: our pages are not going to look like other peoples’ pages. Our strengths are different than others’ and we all have our weaknesses. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about spending time with Jesus–the only guy that achieved perfection. It’s not bad to want to be the best you can be, but don’t get hung up on perfection. Not every page has to be Pinterest worthy and every page does not need to go onto social media. If you’re struggling with perfection, just keep that page between you and Him. That’s what it’s all about and who it’s for anyway!

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