Perfectionist’s Prayer

By Kate Flournoy

Lord, give me the courage to accept that I am human.

Give me the confidence to plod in the path You’ve given me,

Even when others soar,

And the peace to wish them joy with a whole heart.


Remind me that I am where I am

Because You placed me here,

And that the plans I have for myself

Aren’t necessarily the plans You’ve had for me from the beginning—

Plans for good, and not for evil, as You promised.

Give me the faith to accept that You know what You’re doing.

Let me look at the lives of great ones gone before

And praise You for what You can accomplish,

Not envy them how easily they achieved great things.

Help me to remember that my definition of great

May be different from Yours,

And that all who walk in the path You set for them

Are counted great in Your eyes.

Give me faith—not to see the end, but to trust You hold it.

Blindfolded though I am by the time that binds us all,

Guide my stumbling steps with love

And show me that You have walked this path

Too many times to count.

Show me that Your knowledge is more than sufficient.

Teach me to be perfect in prayer.

Make me great in humility,

And, above all, wise in my own foolishness.

In the name of God who alone is wise, amen.

KateAfter having solemnly declared at age eight that she hated reading and that writing was even worse, Kate did her utmost to cling staunchly to those assertions. But, alas, by age nine she was a committed bookworm, and by age fourteen the corruption was complete as she finished her first novel and hasn’t been able to stop since.

She is now eighteen and balances her time between writing, reading, writing, psychology, writing, philosophy, writing, jewelry making, writing, art, writing, climbing trees, writing, trying to mentor other writers, writing, and trying to be an adult (sometimes she thinks she’s getting there). Also, being a singing dragon in disguise who occasionally practices calligraphy and drama and loves playing chess. And hating coffee. For the critics—it tastes like burnt tree bark, okay?

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  1. Great job, Kate! I can see myself in this.

  2. Did I mention this is so true?

  3. Love this so much!!! It is a great reminder.

  4. Wow. This is amazing, Kate! I needed to hear this. 🙂

  5. Um…wow. Help. It’s…perfect.

  6. You DID get it published! Yay for that! I love this too much for words. So stunningly, honestly true.

  7. This is lovely, Kate! I can relate to this being a perfectionist myself.

  8. This honest-to-goodness made me cry, Kate. It’s so true!

  9. Love this so much! I think you’re right about most writers being able to relate. Sometimes it’s so hard just to share something before you’re convinced it’s absolutely perfect, even though you know you can never be convinced of that fact, because you’re a perfectionist… it’s a never-ending circle of doubt and frustration if you let it go too far. 😛
    Thank you for sharing!

  10. Wow, this is wonderful, Kate! I am very much a perfectionist, so I could really relate to this prayer. Thank you for sharing!

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