I saw a church sign a few years back that read “Pobody is nerfect.” That appealed to my wacky sense of fun, but it also stuck with me as a reminder.
Truly, nobody is perfect.
It seems like a Captain Obvious statement that everyone should get but few of us really seem to apply it.
A lot of us have really high standards for ourselves in regard to jobs and relationships and life in general. That’s all well and good.
But what’s not all well and good is that quite a few of us don’t allow ourselves to be human and make mistakes and fail from time to time.
Or in my case, it’s easy after one screwup to throw in the proverbial towel and give up the day as a lost cause.
One mistake or failure doesn’t mean the end of the world. As Winston Churchill once famously said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
That means that failing doesn’t make you a failure. You can fail forward as you learn and grow from your mistakes and bad decisions.
What constitutes failure is quitting and not trying anymore. Or worse yet, not to try at all in the first place.
I’ve learned that the best thing you can do is to give yourself grace as well as give it to others. Give yourself room to fall and fail and learn and grow. Learn to love yourself as you are and not an idealized version of you that doesn’t exist except in filtered photographs and carefully edited social media posts.
Remember, God loves you as you are and not as you should be. He loves you with a love that won’t settle for anything less than perfection — His perfection, not yours. And He’s making you just like Him in His own way and in His own time.
After all, pobody is nerfect.