As many of you know, doing a remodel on your home is an exercise in compromise. You have an idea of what you want, but lots of factors come into play before your dreams can become reality. And often reality is very different from your dreams. We are in the home stretch in our basement remodel. This week, cabinets and appliances and doors are being installed and our hope for a place that might just be a home for family and friends is coming together. There have been many obstacles to overcome; supply chain issues, things that were available 2 years ago when we started the upstairs remodel are no longer, things cost so much more than originally planned and our contractors have time conflicts and problems too! One of the hardest things for me to overcome is my interior perfectionism. Working with a log house, you learn that nothing is plumb…no straight lines, logs shift and move, and you have to compromise and measure and cut again and again to make things fit. Life is like this too. I love this quote from Mindful Christianity:
There is no perfect life, no perfect job, no perfect childhood, no perfect marriage and no perfect set of people who will always do what we expect them to do.
What we do have is a perfect God who is able to lead us through this imperfect life with unfailing strength, incomparable wisdom, and infinite love.
When we are able to let go of our personal need for perfection and realize that only God has that potential, we are able to give our frustrations and anxieties to God and know that we are loved even when we aren’t perfect. There is a true sense of relief and release that only comes from letting go of the unattainable and resting in God’s peace. Knowing that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, only to try our best, helps me to trust in God’s promises and gifts in ways I haven’t before. I can rely on God’s strength and wisdom instead of my own faulty and weak efforts. Praise be to God!