May 7, 2011

Dying to Perfection

When everything has to be perfect,
things become unpleasant.

If I strive for perfection in anything
it becomes an idol and therefore,
more important than everything else.

When I die to the "Perfection" mindset,
I can embrace the joys of life and living.

My treasures are not things.
They are souls.

Eternal view leads to peace ~
Within and without.

Oh that I would really learn this!
Oh that I would really LIVE this!!

"Lay not up for yourselves
treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves
break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven,
where neither moth
nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not
break through and steal:

For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also."
~ Matthew 6:19-21 ~

May the LORD give the
strength and grace needed
to live with an eternal mindset.

After all,
that's all that really matters!

Many blessings,


Lisa said...

Oh Camille! You don't know how much I needed to hear this today. You have blessed me once again with your words.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Patty said...

Perfectionism can sure weigh you down. So true ~ how we need that eternal mindset. Hope you have a blessed day and a happy Mother's Day.

Wanting What I Have said...

Dear friend, I am laughing...once again I cone here to read and am encouraged and challenged and pointed to the Gospel. Thank you!

Jill said...

This has always been one of my favorites. Thank you for posting!
Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!


Sharon said...

Wonderful post Camille!

So true! I have been reading a book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss on gratitude and she is so right on with when we compare or whine we have already established hearts of ingratitude. Ouch! Where our treasure is THERE our hearts WILL BE also. I SO desire that and to live for Him only!

Praying for all!

Have a blessed day tomorrow!


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

God's timing is perfect! I am having a new family come over for dinner tonight. I have been striving to make our house and yard perfect, trying to make a good impression. It doesn't need to be. I am determined to NOT grumpt at my kids if they mess something up. Instead to patiently ask them to clean it up. This is HUGE for me.

There is no need to stress, because there is no need to be perfect.

Thank you!!!!

Camille said...

Dear Lisa ~ Thank you for your sweet encouragement! May the LORD use HIS Word in each of our lives for HIS glory! I need to hear this often. :)

Dear Patty ~ How true it is! May the LORD indeed help us all to view things eternally! Happy Mother's Day to you too. :)

Dear Jennifer ~ I'm glad you are laughing my friend...what a blessing! Oh how I struggle with perfectionism at times. You encourage me!! :)

Dear Jill ~ Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words! May the LORD bless you with a wonderful Mother's Day too! :)

Dear Sharon ~ I appreciate you my friend! Yes, indeed...*ouch*! Truth is liberating and often painful at the same time...don't you think? How gracious our Saviour is with us! :)

Dear Stacie ~ What a blessing that you are having that new family over...I am sure it will all be wonderful! As you pointed out to us not long ago, it's the hospitality that is important...and it is not to be entertainment! You are on the right track. I will pray for you right now. :)

Many blessings to you each one!
In His Love,

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Camille,
This really touched my heart today. It's truth from God's Word :) :) As a sidenote, I really like t hose white flowers. They're beautiful :) Have a Happy Mother's Day. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Intentional Living Homestead said...

Oh Camille...this is something I have to work on daily. I am such a perfectionist...and when company comes over, I drive my family nuts.

I pray daily that God just keeps my life simple and my heart and soul focused on my heavenly treasurers.

Thank you for this beautiful post.

Have a wonderful and blessed Mother's day with your family.

Farmgirl said...

Lovely blog Camille! Thanks for the reminder!

Heather said...

Thank you for touching on an area that is a difficult one to shake. I love how you said that releasing this brings the ability to enjoy life. Man, is that ever true. I can literally keep myself from pleasure simply by striving for perfection... which somehow I've convinced myself should bring me pleasure.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Camille said...

Dear Heather in Oregon ~ They are the blooms from our flowering cherry tree...I *love* them! God's Word is so full of wonderful Truth...what a blessing that we have it! :)

Dear Connie ~ May the LORD bless you this Mother's Day as well! Enjoy your time with your beautiful family! :)

Dear Heather (Farmgirl) ~ Thank you my friend! :)

Dear Heather in Ontario ~ Ah, yes...perfection bringing many times have I believed that lie?? Thank you for your encouraging are a blessing to me. :)

Many blessings to each of you!
In HIS Love,

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Perfection? No worries here!!!
Have a most blessed Mothers Day, Camille!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

As usual, you wrote about a subject that God has been dealing with me on. He has used you to confirm it in my mind. Thanks for your encouragement today!

I hope you have the most wonderful Mother's Day (or maybe you celebrate on a different day in Canada?). Anyway, I think you are one of the most amazing mothers on the planet!

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Such words of wisdom that we who are prone to perfectionist tendencies need to read, take in and actually live - that's the hardest part and yes, it usually shows itself when we invite people into our home. And I am guilty as charged! I'm convinced that the perfectionist mindset and the resultant anxiety is quite widespread, especially among Christian homemakers. We need to be so careful when we write blog posts and the type of emotive language we use which may promote perfectionism. I've noticed a trend for bloggers to use pictures from magazines which are styled shots to illustrate their homemaking and hospitality posts - we just need to be aware that this may encourage striving in others even though the intention was just to inspire.
Just a few thoughts that your post set off for me - I've battled perfectionism as a homemaker and know what sets me off! This post is a loving and gentle reminder about what matters most.

Unknown said...

Yes, a great reminder for me! :) Love all the lovely blossoms, so Pretty!

Camille said...

Dear Cindy ~ Ahhh...I wish I could say that...maybe one day? You are a blessing! Happy belated Mother's Day to you! :)

Dear Jackie ~ Isn't it wonderful how the LORD does that?? What a blessing that HE is teaching us these things at the same time. How sweet of you to think such kind things of me...but, really, I am in such need of grace all the time!! How comforting it is to have the LORD to guide us and give us strength! Thank you for your encouraging are a blessing to me. :)

Dear Ann ~ Thank you for your candid and honest was a blessing to read! Oh that the LORD would help me to truly show Christian hospitality without the pull to's all of grace! What a blessing that the LORD works Sanctification in our hearts so patiently...HE is so merciful and gracious to us, isn't HE? Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. :)

Dear Jenn ~ Oh how I need to think on these things and act on them...what a blessing that the LORD indeed does this work in us! I'm so sad...the blossoms are dropping off our trees already...they are my favourites! Enjoy Spring as it blooms in your neck of the woods my friend. :)

Many blessings,

Rhonda Schrock said...

This is so true. Thank you for reminding me of it, even though it stings a bit.

Waving and smiling,


Camille said...

Dear Rhonda ~ Yes, it stings me too! Thank you for stopping by and for your smiling and's a blessing. :)

Have a great week!
In Him,