What is a perfectionist? Well, I am quite sure I don't want to be called one because it carries with it the idea that one thinks he or she can do something perfect. No one can! There has only been one man who has ever walked on the soil of this earth who is perfect. His name is Jesus.
Yet, most of us have areas where we have perfectionist tendencies. I have to admit to some and I reluctantly admit I have been called a perfectionist. Those who deal with perfectionism set themselves up for disappointment in themselves as well as in others. I have been there - have you?
If we expect perfection from ourselves, we are more likely to expect perfection from others. They cannot deliver (of course, neither can we) and this causes disappointment. People and relationships are more important than our desire for perfection.
A worthy goal for us: Strive to be the best we can be with God's help and accept (be content) that even our best is less than perfect. First Timothy 6:6 says, "Godliness with contentment is great gain." Contentment will never be achieved as long as we think we can attain perfection. When we have given our very best effort, let us rest and be content.