I’ve heard myself say this word several times in the past few weeks. I’ve had a friend helping do some work around this house. And I remember saying, “That’s good enough.”
When I was employed at Eastman, you had to be careful that you were not a perfectionist. You had to get the 90% and let the 10% go, or you would not get anything accomplished due to deadlines, etc.
But when we think about our spiritual life, good enough is not good enough. We’ve got to give the 100%. Here’s the poem I read that caused me to be thinking about “good enough”.
My son beware of " good enough,"
It isn't made of sterling stuff;
It's something any man can do,
It marks the many from the few,
It has no merit to the eye,
It's something any man can buy,
It's name is but a sham and bluff,
For it is never " good enough ".
With " good enough " the shirkers stop,
In every factory and shop;
With " good enough " the failures rest,
And lose to men who give their best;
With " good enough " the car breaks down,
And men fall short of high renown.
My son, remember and be wise,
In " good enough " disaster lies.
With " good enough " have ships been wrecked,
The forward march of armies checked,
Great buildings burned and fortunes lost;
Nor can the world compute the cost,
In life and money it has paid,
Because at " good enough " men stayed.
Who stops at " good enough " shall find,
Success has left him far behind.
There is no " good enough " that's short,
Of what you can do and you ought.
The flaw which may escape the eye,
And temporarily get you by,
Shall weaken underneath the strain,
And wreck the ship or car or train,
For this is true of men and stuff-
Only the best is " good enough"
~ Edgar Guest
When you stop to think,
don’t forget to start up again.
Joke of the Day
A young couple moved into a new neighborhood
The next morning while they were eating breakfast the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside. 'That laundry is not very clean,' she said. 'She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.'
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, 'Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.'
The husband said, 'I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows.'