Good, Better, Best?
“But none of these things move me, nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
It’s taking me decades to begin to learn this lesson. I have made tons of blunders and I have spent may days spinning my wheels by trying to do stuff that I have never been called to do.
One of my “book” mentors is Dr. John C. Maxwell. His leadership insights have been very helpful to me over the years and I have learned so much from reading his books and listening to his leadership talks.
Several years ago he shared the principle of evaluating what we do in light of what is good, better and best. I can’t say honestly that I am totally there, but I am plugging away at it and learning to evaluate what I do asking myself the question – is this good? Better? Best?
Maybe you are like me – you think you can do it all. Well that was so much easier when I was in my 20’s. But at the end of this fifth decade of life I am finding that I can’t do what I used to do. I want to keep up the pace – but I can’t.
Maybe it’s because on the threshold of decade number #6 I am finding myself asking the question what are the most important things I need to focus on these days? What do I do that I should begin to hand off to someone else? Where do I need to focus my energies?
That is a good question for us to ask especially for those of us who are in ministry. Too often men and women crash and burn and become quitters because we are trying to do things that we have never been called to do. Too often we focus on the GOOD things rather than focus on what is BEST.
Too often we find ourselves doing ministry and life in our own strength rather than allowing Christ to be our life and strength. Maybe we wouldn’t be moved so easily when the junk of life hits if we focused on the call that God has placed on our lives rather than trying to accomplish it all.
What is the ministry you have received from the Lord Jesus? Once you have that nailed down just maybe it will be easier to evaluation what’s good, better and best.
Sit down today and look at your day. Ask the Lord to show you the best things to focus on today.
Running the race with joy,
Quote of the day: Believers aren’t satisfied being on the fence for Jesus Christ because He has put in their hearts a desire to be totally involved for Him. A Christian life of mediocrity, selfishness and fruitlessness only produces frustration and dissipation. Dan Hayes
Verse to Memorize: You are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are truth. Concerning your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them forever. Psalm 119:151-152