In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:7-8 (NIV)
I ran into someone this morning who complimented me on my #’16by16 experience. What struck me was the lesson conveyed in an off-hand comment-her saying that she never considered me someone who needed to lose weight. It got me thinking….I was neither too thin nor excessively overweight, and given the way I dressed and carried myself, it was good enough. I began thinking about everything we do in life and wondered….why are we satisfied with good enough?
If we embrace the teaching in Genesis 1:27 that we are made in the image of God, then why is it every acceptable to settle for “good enough?” It’s not, and we can and should choose, in faith, to do better. Let’s be clear-I am not talking about a size or a level of expertise, and I am certainly NOT speaking about vanity.
If we represent God in all we say and do, should we not earnestly give the best we have? I am so grateful for the experience of learning small sustainable changes that over time become habits that yield good results. Moving from good to great according to author Jim Collins is not about seismic shifts. His research suggested that “those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.” Speaking personally, my salvation continues to occur by degrees; I learn a lesson through struggle and it takes a while to settle in. Ultimately, my behavior changes in modest and measured ways once I acknowledge that my life, my faith, who I am is a continual work in progress.
It bears repeating for me that God meets us where He finds us, and then waits for us to be brave enough to move forward. He doesn’t expect great from us initially, just faith and a commitment to TRUST. To this, we must then add sincere and consistent effort, including the desire not just for good enough. When we profess our faith, people are watching, observing our behavior far more than the things we say.
Are you living a life that reflects the God within you? Are you always seeking to offer your best, even when your offerings may be meager and go unnoticed? Here is what I’ve learned. God is always watching, and you never have any idea who else is matching your actions with your professed beliefs.
I’m not willing to settle for giving just good enough. He that lives within us is better than that and every action professes how we feel about who we are and To Whom we belong.
We’ve got to do better. It is for each of us a daily calling.