Parents are also pulled many directions. To some it’s keeping up with the neighbors by providing children with the latest in electronic devices, the newest video game or in taking a yearly vacation that must be better than that of other families. Failure to keep up with others is often perceived as being a failure as a parent.
Fear of failure or being found less than perfect by others might cause us to volunteer for every Church activity and try to compensate, often by purchasing “things” to provide an even more impressive event than happened “last year.”
Fearing failure pushes us into a selfish mode of focusing on ourselves and trying to do more than we are capable of doing and, in the process, doing everything, well, poorly.