For the longest time, I always expected perfectionism out of myself. Why? Part of the reason was because I wanted to control how people perceived me. The bigger reason was that I wanted to know in my own mind that I was without fault. When I did find fault in myself, major disappoint would be in my heart.
Fast forward to about four years ago. Some friends and I were providing the musical entertainment for an event. Our performance was approximately one hour in length. Once finished, I was overly critical of my vocals on one song. I shared my thoughts with one of my band mates. She had no idea what I was talking about. Then she spoke words that I remember for the rest of my life, "Maybe God is showing you now that you can't always be perfect." Ouch!
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. ~2 Corinthians 12:9
I had spent my whole life trying to be this person that I could not be. I was so ashamed of my shortcomings that I denied God of glory that He deserves. How sweet it is now to be able to say I am not perfect, but God is still able to work through me!