Grace and peace on this Wonderful Wednesday Dear Hearts. Today I am reminded to hold myself to a standard of Grace and Peace — not perfection.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7 TLB
A king who went into his garden one morning, and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak that stood near the gate what the trouble was. He found it was sick of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The pine was all out of heart because it could not bear grapes, like the vine. The vine was going to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and have as fine fruit as the peach tree. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac. And so on all through the garden.. Coming to a heart's-ease, he found its bright face lifted as cheery as ever. Well, heart's-ease, I'm glad, amidst all this discouragement, to find one brave little flower. You do not seem to be the least disheartened. No, I am not of much account, but I thought that if you wanted an oak, or a pine, or a peach tree, or a lilac, you would have planted one...but as I knew you wanted a heart's-ease, I am determined to be the best little heart's-ease that I can. Others may do a greater work, But you have your part to do.. And no one in all God's heritage Can do it so well as you.. I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.. Philippians 4:11
Remember: A perfectionist is someone who takes Great Pains…and gives them to other people.