The Perfectionist

I recently encountered this article about Bernard Loiseau, a French chef driven by his desire for perfection and success, who later killed himself when his apparent success fell to pieces.

It reminded me of my own need for affirmation and success, and how common this is for everyone in life. We strain with all of our energy to pull ahead in life, to show our true worth, to shine beyond the brilliance of others to feel . . . worthwhile and meaningful.

Yet, the wonder of our lives is that aside from our own strivings and strainings, we are deeply loved and valued by the God who has made us.

Do we spend our lives struggling to prove ourselves, like Loiseau, or do we find peace and rest in the loving embrace of God?

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