Perfection Not Required--At Any Age
What's a mom to do?
I encouraged my daughter--and reminded myself of a few truths at the same time.
"I am so proud of you for playing during Sharing Chapel," I said as I hugged her after one frustrating practice. "Playing a song is just another way to pray to God. He's pleased with you for doing that."
Another time I told her, "I can't wait to hear you play this song. Remember, during Sharing Chapel it's really just between you and God. Don't worry about anyone else."
And all the time I hoped she wasn't picking up on my underlying battle with perfectionism.
The day of Sharing Chapel, Christa selected a favorite dress and submitted to me styling her hair. She was more excited that her big sister, Katie Beth, was going to be there than that I was there--and I'm okay with that.
And she played "God Bless America" beautifully.
I didn't hear a single mistake--but that wasn't the point.
The point is she wanted to share her talent with God and with others--and she did. She wasn't afraid to get up and do it just because she might miss a note.
I think she's got the Perfection Not Required truth down a lot sooner than I did.
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