The Trap of Perfection
What comes to mind when you think of the word “perfect”? This is where many people get caught in a trap. They believe that a perfect work day must meet every high standard that is set and that it must be flawless–not one mistake can be made during the day. Additionally every assignment and task on the “to-do” list must be completed by the end of the work day. They succumb to the subtle lure that baits the perfection trap–the need to always be right; and once caught they experience undue stress, frustration, disappointment and give up when things don’t go according to plan.
In contrast, Scripture clearly points to the fact that only God is perfect and we experience His perfection when we trust Him completely for daily outcomes. This means that we should stop trying to figure out everything by ourselves; instead, we should pray, wait for His daily instruction and actively listen to His voice as we plan our work day, constantly trusting Him to keep us on track and out of the perfection trap (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Elements of the Perfect Work Day
As you lay your work day before the Lord each day, consider the things you would do, the places you would go, and the people who would be present. Reflect on these questions and ask God to show you His answers and how you should proceed.
• What should I do today and how should I prioritize the tasks I’m to accomplish (Psalm 25:4)?
• What should I NOT do today that would distract me from achieving Your plans for my day (Proverbs 5:21)?
• How should I work today–alone or with others? What about the difficult people You may bring into my life today? Give me a sensitivity to them and show me how to love in spite of their difficultness (John 13:34-35).
• What must I do today to balance my work with family responsibilities? How should I stay connected and get involved with friends and acquaintances? What actions should I take to promote good personal health today (Proverbs 23:4-5)?
The Rewards for a Perfect Work Day
God loves to reward those who are faithful to obey His instructions (Proverbs 13:13). As the perfect work day unfolds, keep in mind that He requires each of us to bear fruit at all times–even when there are bumps or unpleasant surprises during the day. Cooperate with Him and seek clarification of His instructions on a moment-by-moment basis as you walk through your perfect work day, and you will receive these rewards:
• The certainty of God’s Presence as you experience the perfect work day (Hebrews 11:6).
• Blessing, honor and favor that follow you throughout the work day (Psalm 84:11).
• Identity with Christ as you show kindness to difficult people who cross your path during the day (Luke 6:35).
• Lasting fruit which is evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit in your life each work day (Galatians 5:22).
• The privilege of working for the Lord and receiving payment in full and an inheritance (Colossians 3:24-25).
Remember, the perfect work day begins and ends with the Lord, Who sees all you do. If you follow His outline and plans for experiencing such a work day, your campaign will succeed (Proverbs 16:9).