(From "You Look Like God" bible study)
Wow! The above mouthful helps me to locate myself. Cooking, or a lack thereof, could be considered a thorn in our marriage. When I think of myself not cooking, and my husband comes home from work with what seems like an attitude, I automatically assume it is because of me. Could it be that he had a rough day and needs to process it? My husband is not one who wants food on the table as soon as he gets home, he does however like to at least smell something cooking! There are times he gets frustrated and fusses at the kids and myself. In an effort to adapt and change, I must be willing to take responsibility for the part I play in his frustration.
I found planning ahead is good. However, to obsess about it was not. Obsession over planning only lead to an overwhelming feeling and nothing got done. I realized the importance to remember that if my plan did not come together, it was not an option to beat myself up about it. Now I focus on taking it one day at a time by preparing for tomorrow at the end today.
As it is the woman's job is to set the atmosphere in the home, she can cause it to either operate in chaos or be a sanctuary for her family. What it really boils down to is to strive for excellence - not perfection. Excellence gives God the glory while perfection takes the focus off off of Him and in turn glorifies myself. Excellence is focused on God while perfection is focused on me.
What areas in your life need to be changed when your thought patterns are inconsistent with who you are? I challenge you to forgive yourself for not being perfect! After all, God already has!
Father, help me to always remember the differences between operating in excellence and focusing on perfection. May you forever be glorified in not only my life but my family's as well.