If you’re struggling with perfectionism

Originally appeared online in the teen series Your Healings -  April 4, 2023

I felt overwhelmed by all the things I had to do. I had a lot of homework, several deadlines for big projects, and some issues with friends I’d been worrying about.

One night, it all became too much. My mom asked what was bothering me, and when I told her, I also mentioned that I didn’t want to pray about it because that just seemed like another task and a lot of work. 

My mom agreed that if I were dealing with a long list of problems, that really could be overwhelming. But then she shared an idea I hadn’t thought of. Maybe it seemed on the surface like a lot of problems, she said, but underneath, perhaps the issue was the same for all of them. She explained that when we’re able to get to the root of a problem, it becomes much simpler to deal with. And we can also pray more effectively because then we’re dealing with the underlying issue rather than whatever is appearing on the surface.

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