Living the Life #5: Let Go & Let God
My granddaughters LOVE the movie Frozen! We’ve purchased both movies, Elsa & Anna dresses, accessories to accompany the dresses as well as Frozen wash cloths, bubble bath, dolls, and even a board game. We can almost sing every song from both soundtracks. If we played the original song, “Let It Go” you can bet your bottom dollar everyone in our household would belt out the lyrics in true Elsa style. The movie has moved many a girl (of all ages) to play, sing, dress up and imagine they are Elsa who has the ability and determination to let go of the fears that once controlled her. She even declares in the last stanza, “Let it go, Let it go, that perfect girl is gone.” Thank you, Elsa!
So, when, and where did we as Christian women begin to feel that we had to obtain perfection? Was it something we learned from our mothers, grandmothers, our church, or society? Did we place this perfectionism upon ourselves? Were we born with a perfectionist disposition? No wonder we’ve felt we didn’t quite measure up at times. Perfectionism is rooted in the need for control and affirmation. Being a Christian demands constant progression, not perfection.
Philippians 3:12 shares with us, “It’s not that I have already reached the goal or have already become perfect. But I keep pursuing it, hoping somehow to embrace it just as I have been embraced by Christ Jesus.” Only God is perfect, and our responsibility is to strive to be like him. Ephesians 5:1, “Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children.”
The word “perfect” came into the English language in the thirteenth century. In one form or another, the word perfect is found 129 times in 124 verses of the Bible. Etymologically, it means something that is completely made or finished. We need to help people understand that perfection is not something God demands from them. God knows we cannot do it, or He would not have sent His Son. As Christians we need to be more concerned with our relationship with God…allowing Him to sculpt us into his image.
Elsa, concludes with, “Here I stand in the light of day, let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway!” So, I say, “Let Go and Let God.” Storms will always come our way…but “Let Go and Let God.”
So, here is what I want you to do: with God helping you, take your everyday, ordinary life and place it before God as an offering. Allow Him to assist you as you Let Go, Let God and are Living the Life He intended.
For Him, Michelle