|One of my favorite pages...even with the spelling errors.|
I am supposed to be blogging every day for 31 day. I missed days three and four. In the past I would have just given up on the project. Missing two days in the first week would have been too much for my perfectionist tendencies.
But I am not giving up or stopping this project. I have learned a lot from my time journaling the Word. And one of the BIG things I God has taught me is that there is no room for perfectionism in the Christian life or in creativity. I could write a whole blog post about how I have let perfectionism impact my personal walk with God, but I will keep it simple. When I give into perfectionism I am saying I believe perfection is possible in my own power. When I believe perfection is attainable in my own power I'm saying I don't need my Savior.
Unfortunately I have let perfectionism impact my Bible Journaling journey as well. And I have a inkling that I am not alone.
Perfectionism says that if my page doesn't look perfect there is no point in doing it.
Perfectionism says that if my page doesn't look like "hers" then I shouldn't even bother.
Perfectionism says that if my time spent creating doesn't produce a Pinterest worthy out come I wasted my time.
Perfectionism says that I have to have the "right" supplies.
Perfectionism says that I have to be up to date on the latest techniques.
The truth says that imperfections reflects humanity and need for a savior.
The truth says that God has me on my own journey, that what He is doing in me is different then what he is doing in "her" so my worship will look different.
The truth says that ANY and ALL time in the Word with my Savior is time well spent.
The truth says that it's not about my supplies it's about my heart.
The truth says that growing my faith is far more important than growing my creativity.
It can be so easy to get caught up in perfectionism or what we think Bible Jouranling "should" be.
If we let it, it can become just another box to check or something we use to compare ourselves to other believers that makes us feel "better" or "worse" than some one else.
BUT, if we let it, Bible Journaling can become something that draws us into a sweet conversation with our Lord. Art worship can be something that grows our faith and changes out heart.
So here is my prayer. That you will let go of perfectionism and play freely in the margins of your Bible (or your prayer journal, or hymnal, or whatever.) Pull out your markers and paints and stickers and create with abandon as your worship the Lord.