But the fruit of the Spirit is …goodness. Galatians 5:22
In writing it is hard to know how good is good enough. Is it good enough to finish a page, a chapter, a manuscript? Is that good enough?
Or is the criteria for being good enough whether your work is published? Soon after we are published we realize we only have one book or one article. Is one good enough? We look around and see that others have more. A series! A body of work!
And then there are reviews, awards, Do we need this affirmation to feel good enough? The bar keeps moving. If we chase the goal of being good enough in our writing life we will always remain frustrated.
What about faith? How good is good enough? Serving others? Telling the truth? Going to church? Reading the Bible? You look over and see your neighbor packing for a mission trip. Another friend is memorizing the book of James! The bar keeps moving. If we chase the goal of being good enough in our spiritual life we will always remain frustrated.
In my writing life I rest in the comfort that I will never be good enough. I’ll never “make it”. I don’t even know what “it” is. I can have peace knowing that my work is about being faithful to show up at my desk and be present.
And my faith – I’ll never be good enough with my own efforts. I must base my faith on God’s goodness. Again I must show up and be present with God.
In both areas of my life it is in the surrender of the striving to meet the criteria of the world that brings peace and growth.
So how good is good enough for you? What do you think?
Betsy and Laurie