A Failing Perfectionist


I recently listened to a sermon by Dr. Joe Stowell. He spoke at CAMP-of-the-WOODS during the summer of 2004. This particular message was about Jesus calling his disciples and although it wasn’t the main point of the sermon, Joe brought up the question, “If someone were to ask you who you were, what would you say?”

The worldy answer: My name is Christina Learish. I grew up with a pretty typical family, in a pretty typical home in Delaware. I have B.A. in Broadcast Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University in Philadelphia. I work for a non-profit Christian resort and conference center as their Marketing Specialist. Which means that I do everything media related. I have a twin sister.

But is that really who I am? Who am I? I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Where He leads, I will follow. I could lose my family, my career, all my savings, my degree and I would still be a follower of Jesus Christ. That is the only thing in my life that I cannot lose. I may stray from my faith, but my salvation still holds fast. I’m also one messed-up little girl.

So, great. Where do I go from there? Now that I’ve been challenged to recognize who I am, how do I live it?

The worldy answer (yes, the world has an answer for everything): By being perfect!

Even though perfectionism is something that I resort to (and fail at) all the time, being a ‘Christian’ means I can live my life without fear of condemnation. The price for my “crap” has already been paid. So how do I live as a follower of Christ? By listening to His call. The call to His Word and His love given and recieved through the Holy Spirit. Perfectionism isn’t Biblical, and thank the Lord for repentance and His desire to continually forgive me for it.

“For freedom, Christ has set you free. Stand firm, therefore and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

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