You Are Free. // Beauty for Ashes, Part 3
God knows we have been locked up in our own prisons where we feel deprived of freedom.
Isaiah 61 reminds us that God’s Spirit is with us and it proclaims freedom for those who are captive and release for those who are in darkness.
God knows we have been locked up in our own prisons where we feel deprived of freedom. It’s a strange thing to think of someone as a prisoner if they are walking around, engaging in life, seemingly fine and good on the outside. But oftentimes the prisons that we experience as women are internal prisons. All too often, we are the ones that put ourselves behind bars in our minds.
We live in prisons where we need to stay in control. In fact many of us at some point have taken on the pursuit of perfection or at least looking perfect – even though we internally know its not possible. We do it because its often expected of us.
In fact the world sends women subtle messages all the time…
Be perfect, but don’t make a fuss about it.
Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to grow and be all of who God created us to be. Perfectionism is the lie that leads us to believe that if we live perfectly, look perfect and act perfect we can minimize the bondage we feel when we feel pain and judgment.
Perfectionism is a jail cell around our hearts that we carry around thinking it will protect us when in fact, it’s the thing that actually keeps us from being fully free.
Perfectionism is where we act like the warden but live like the prisoner.
We act like we’ve got it all under control. We like to think that everything and everyone is in their place, but really we are the one who’s locked up.
At the core of this lie is the hope that we will gain some form of approval or acceptance. We want to please, perform, and be perfect. In reality, we’re prisoners and it’s exhausting.
God knows we have been locked up in our own prisons where we feel deprived of freedom. These prisons are where we need to stay in control and compare ourselves to others and always look perfect and put together – He wants to give us freedom from these prisons.
Through His grace, we are free.
You are free.