I originally shared my dream thinking I could talk about perfectionism in the next blog. "Certainly it won't take more than one or two blogs to talk about this subject" I thought to myself. Was I ever wrong! I could write a book here - perhaps a book of stories . . . one after another of people who cannot see their own success. Then again, that book might be a little depressing. Want to read it? I didn't think so.
Perfectionism is not the only emotional problem people carry. As I've said before, people in our world carry many other types of emotional wounds. Either way, the key to healing is "deep Jesus" in our "deep parts." There is no getting around this truth. The world simply does not have the tools to fix the inner self. I am not against psychology - Christian counselors and psychologists can (and do) help a great many of us. The truth is, I recommend them to people in my church whenever an appropriate cases arise. However, no counselor can give you what you need the most: the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is calling. Did you know that? Did you know that you were made for Him . . . deep on the inside? The fact that you are reading this blog (especially number five!) probably means that you knew this already.
If you are saying at this point, "What do I do?" I certainly have some suggestions:
#1: Ask Jesus to commune with you in your spirit every day. The prayer may go something like this:
"Jesus, I need you - deep inside. I don't understand the way I'm made, and I don't understand all my hurts,
but I know I'm made for you. Would you come and speak to me? You speak, and I'll listen."
Then be quiet. Let Jesus speak. Do you know what He's saying? He's saying, "I love you. Rest in me."
#2: Memorize a few key passages of scripture and take them into your heart (your spirit). A good passage would be the following:
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and
learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is
easy, and my burden is light.”
A couple of others are 1 John 3:1-3 and of course, Psalm 23. Truthfully there are many verses that can bring
healing, but the key is to take them deep inside yourself.
#3: Pray the verses you memorize back to Jesus. For example, your prayer might go something like this:
"Jesus, I know that your are my shepherd, and as long as your are my shepherd,
You will always fill my needs. Fill my needs today, Lord. I believe you based on your Word. Lead me to the
pastures that will help me grow, and fill my life with gladness." (Based upon Psalm 23)
#4: Obey Him. There is no healing without obedience, just as your body will never get well if you continue to hurt yourself.
I feel like my words have been many on this crucial subject. My heart's desire is for God's people to be well.
God's blessings upon all,