How Good Is Good Enough?

Just how good is good enough? It's a question we're faced with more often than we probably realize and, for me, the context of the question has a lot to do with my answer: How well do I want my bike prepped before I go racing? Just a little better than perfect. How clean do I want to get the same bike after the race? Whatever the pressure washer will blow off.

What's got me thinking about this? I had a follow up appointment with my surgeon the other day (for those who may not know, I had shoulder surgery a few months ago). Now, prior to the surgery, the doctor told me I should expect to get back to approx 80% of my pre-injury mobility which, oddly enough, was about where my mobility was before surgery.  At this follow up he told me he was pleased with my progress, that I should be released to 'life' mid-March, and that my mobility is, currently, hovering around the 80% mark. Wait a minute - I'm already at 80%? Do you think I can expect to get back to 100%? I asked.

He hedged for a moment then said "most people accept the 80% and stop doing the rehab style exercises". Well, I ain't exactly "most people".

There is a story in the Bible about a blind man who was brought to Jesus in order that he might heal him (Mark 8:22-26). After spitting on his eyes (yeah, Jesus was a little unconventional!) Jesus asked the man if he saw anything. He did see something. He saw people - they looked like trees walking around but, hey, it was better than what he had been seeing! It's my own opinion here but I think Jesus asked him just to see if good was good enough. To see if he would settle. It wasn't and he didn't and, as a result of his honest response, Jesus touched him again and gave him a complete healing.

I wonder how many people, if they were in the same situation, would simply answer: "Yes I can see!" then spend the rest of their lives at risk of talking to trees?

Too many people today settle for a form of good that, really, isn't as good as it could be. Why settle for seeing tree people when you have the opportunity to see clearly? Why settle for 80% mobility when I can put in some extra effort and, maybe, get back to 100%? The surgeon did his part. The Lord did his part. Now it's up to me - I'm going to do my part.

 

Everyone Wants to be Part of Something Great

This has been my observation: Everyone wants to be part of something great - whether it has to do with sports, business or church - the problem is very few want to do the work to make something great.

Take, for example, Microsoft. Anyone would want to be privy to the benefits that come from being part of that company - and by benefits I'm referring to the large amounts of money that many associated with the company have earned. (At one point I heard that Microsoft had made more millionaires than any other company!) But, for all the rags to riches stories involved with Microsoft, there are plenty of rags to rags stories. You know - the folks that didn't stick around long enough to see their involvement pay off - those who cashed in early. I'm guessing there are more than a few regrets in that group.

Consider the Seattle Seahawks. They're an amazing team that just about any player would love to play for. In fact, I imagine, just about any head coach would love to coach the team...now. That wasn't always the case though. Let's face it - there were a lot of 'lean years' for the 'Hawks. But then Coach Carroll came along, had a vision, saw something in some players that others overlooked and built, undeniably, a championship team that anyone would be proud to be part of. By the way - it takes more than just good coaching and talented athletes to make a championship team. Consider the trainers, investors, promoters, etc that work together to make it happen!

That brings me to churches. Everyone wants to be part of a great church. To be part of a dynamic worship service where you can get caught up in the presence of the Lord and forget your surroundings. To be involved in a church that is busy meeting the needs of the local community as well as sending people around the world on missions trips. To be able to boast about the cradle to the grave ministries that bless all ages and have people coming out of the wood work just to have their kids be involved in the children's, youth or young adults groups. 

The problem is that far too few people want to be part of making the church great. Great churches don't just happen - they happen when the people in the pews believe in the mission. When they have the conviction and drive to stop talking about ministry/outreach and start doing it - and then keep doing it until the fruit begins to show.

I often think about the group gathered in the upper room in Acts chapter 2. We know that everyone in the room experienced an amazing move of God that they couldn't have fathomed beforehand. We also know that they waited for ten days without seeing anything out of the ordinary happen. We know there were 120 people inthat room when the Holy Spirit broke out on them. What we don't know, however, is how many people started out in that upper room but left after not seeing anything for a day or two - or a week. I wonder if someone was walking down the stairs when the wind started blowing in the room - and they missed it...by a minute.   

If you're frustrated with your church because it's not as great as you think it should be can I put a challenge to you? Stop looking around for a great church to move to and start thinking about what you can do to make yours great!

Just a few thoughts from this simple man.

 

Money Is Not An Issue

Money Is Not An Issue

Well, I guess it’s no secret by now – I didn’t win the big 1.5 billion dollar powerball lottery. I didn’t play but should that really be taken into account?

I’ll be honest – I thought about winning it. Not enough to buy a ticket but enough to think about what I might do with that kind of money. In fact I even had a short conversation with The Lord about it. It went something like this,

ME: “You know, Lord, maybe just once it would be nice to be able to live as if money weren’t an issue”.

THE LORD: “Money isn’t an issue”.

ME: “What?! That’s easy for you to say…”

THE LORD: “Money isn’t an issue. I’m pretty good at providing for the faithful, good steward”

Then He set out to prove it: My motorcycle is torn apart and waiting for me to reassemble it. I’ve been waiting on getting parts because, well, they aren’t cheap and (this is hard to type, let alone confess) a motorcycle just really isn’t a necessity. However I have a friend who is a little more connected in the off-road world, as well as being a little quicker at ordering parts and putting bikes back together. He made a list up and ordered my parts and then shelled out the cash for the parts all while I was trying to figure out just how I was going to pay for them. Just when I thought I was going to have to dip into our ‘Anniversary Savings Account’ I got a text from someone interested in a different bike that I had for sale. He came, handed me cash (oddly enough the exact amount I needed for the parts!) and drove away with  the bike.

As he drove away and I stood in my driveway I think I heard a little snicker coming from heaven along with a still small voice saying “I told you money isn’t an issue”.