Striving toward perfection - not a bad thing. Scripture says, "Be perfect, therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) [Perfect here means mature or holy.] Does this mean we are never to make a mistake? Of course not!
No one who has or ever will walk on this earth is perfect, except Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:1-2 - "Be imitators of God therefore as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us . . . . . ." Yes, we are to strive toward perfection - strive toward being Christlike.
However, many of us deal with the negative side of perfection. I certainly have! It's not pretty. It is a control issue and is not something of which to be proud. Since perfection is unattainable, what happens when a perfectionist wants a perfect house, the perfect children, the perfect family, the perfect friends, or the perfect church? Lots of disappointments are in store for the perfectonist unless he or she accepts the fact that nothing is perfect and no one is perfect.
I confess, I would love to keep a "perfect" house or should I say I use to have that desire. Right now the word dust has been on my to-do list since day before yesterday. Maybe it will happen today, but if not, I have learned to live with a less than perfect house. Why? Because it is unattainable. Dirt happens. Messes happen - they are a part of life.
The "perfecton" that I desire today more than anything else is to become more like Jesus - be an imitator of Him. That has eternal value.