Embracing our imperfections can help us increase our relationship with the Savior. “As children of God, we should not demean or vilify ourselves, as if beating up on ourselves is somehow going to make us the person God wants us to become” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, general conference, Oct. 2017).
The purpose of life is to grow and learn—not to avoid ever making a mistake. Weaknesses play an important role in our eternal progression.
Consider these truths:
Imperfections turn our hearts toward Christ. If we had no weaknesses, how would we ever understand the power of Christ to help us overcome them?
Imperfections help us progress. If something isn’t challenging, then it doesn’t have the power to change us.
Weaknesses can become strengths. Among the most joyful truths of Christ’s mission is that His sacrifice gives us spiritual power we can’t attain in any other way.
As you strive to overcome your weaknesses, be compassionate with yourself. Overcoming imperfections requires spiritual work and faith in the Savior. It is a process that can help you draw closer to Christ and become more like God.