Embracing Imperfections and Pursuing Excellence

Sometimes children can teach us the greatest lessons in the small moments we spend with them. Last night I was babysitting a sweet little girl and we decided to color pictures outside before her bedtime. We pulled out this Walmart bag of assorted crayons and some white printer paper, took our seats, and began to color.

While we were getting settled, I asked what I should draw for her. Her eyes lit up and she said “a horse! Please color me a brown horse.”

I began to draw a how satisfyingfigure of what I hoped would look like a horse. I started to get nervous that my drawing would not meet her expectations.

“I don’t know, Maura. This horse might not turn out to be very pretty.” I said. Maura then took one look at my drawing and kindly replied, “I think it looks beautiful! It doesn’t have to be perfect. We are just drawing for fun.”

In that moment, the pressure to be perfect was lifted from me and I felt more confident about my artwork. I needed to be reminded it’s okay to not be perfect. When she looks back on that night as we colored pictures outside, she won’t remember the horse picture I drew for her. She will remember that I spent time with her doing an activity we love and it was a happy moment.

Excellence is defined as “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.” Instead of trying to be perfect, I want to pursue excellence. This pursuit is a continuous journey that will have challenges and triumphs. But no matter my circumstance, I will trust God with each step and seek His glory over my own. It can be so hard to trust God sometimes, but then I remember His promise:  

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Petit à Petit,


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