Clergy Corner: The perfect and the good

Michael FalgoutPastor Michael Falgout strikes a pose with his family. ■ Michael Falgout / Contributed “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” (James 1:17) More than once, in a job interview, I’ve been asked that tricky question, “What do you consider to be your greatest weakness?” or “What are some areas of improvement for yourself?” With questionable sincerity, I have too often fallen back on the confession that I am a “perfectionist,” because it has always seemed like a forgivable, if not acceptable, fault in that context. Defined as a refusal to accept anything short of perfection, perfectionism is usually treated as a venial sin, a lesser evil,

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