This morning, I cleaned out my desk. From the file drawer, I pulled out several folders. They were stuffed with old manuscripts and rejection letters. I also found numerous handouts I had collected from many years of writer’s conferences.
I suddenly remembered, the last time I tried to clean out my desk, I was overwhelmed with a sense of grief. In fact, I gave up writing for several years. I had accepted the fact that my writing will never be perfect. And like so many of us, I asked: “Why even try?”
Perfection is a goal most artists strive to achieve. There are times I can sympathize with Vincent van Gogh! Thankfully, I’ve never reached that point of desperation. But we all hope to reach the point of acceptance and self-gratification. Don’t we?
Whatever vision of success God has placed in your heart, remember, even Jesus suffered rejection. Just as His Word teaches, “there is no one born righteous”( Romans 3:10), we must accept the fact that none of us were born to be perfect. So keep striving, keep learning, and never give up on your dream of “perfection”.