How Good is Good Enough?

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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

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  1. Larry The Deuce
    July 5, 2013 at 7:08 am (6 years ago)

    Good enough is a tall order. I believe that God is more concerned with us knowing that He is good and the effect that has on our life.

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    • Writing Sisters
      July 5, 2013 at 7:41 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Larry. I love the thought that God is more concerned with us knowing that He is good. It is easy to stay focused on ourselves. Appreciate your comment.

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  2. Tracey
    July 5, 2013 at 7:47 am (6 years ago)

    Good enough is debilitating when it’s based on comparing yourself to others. Great post as usual.

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    • Writing Sisters
      July 5, 2013 at 8:20 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Tracy

      I’ve spent too long comparing myself to others. It led to a lot of frustration and doubt. Debilitating is a good word.

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  3. sustainabilitea
    July 5, 2013 at 7:59 am (6 years ago)

    I think if we’re resting in the Lord, we’re good enough where we are at the moment, yet striving towards whatever goal/goals He has set for us to reach next. If we’re complacent, we’re probably not growing but if we’re never content, we’re living where God has planted us.

    At least those are my ruminations. 🙂 A blessed Friday and weekend to you,

    janet

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    • Writing Sisters
      July 5, 2013 at 8:21 am (6 years ago)

      Love your ruminations. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Violet Nesdoly
    July 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for your ‘like’ on my book review and the blog follow! 🙂

    I’ve given this issue some thought too. In fact, in a devotional blog I write, I addressed this very thing two days ago. My answer to your question: “So how good is good enough for you? What do you think?” is here in a post called “Whose stars are we working for?”

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    • Writing Sisters
      July 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Violet. Thanks for visiting us and for your input.

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  5. The Other Side of Ugly - To Whom it May Concern:
    July 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm (6 years ago)

    The surrender of the striving to meet the criteria of the world. That’s just beautiful. In my recent post, a virtuous quest, I say the same for myself. Beautiful post, thank you. Sheri

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  6. bennetta faire
    July 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm (6 years ago)

    Brilliant wisdom, Sisters! Surrendering the striving to meet the wrong (world’s) criteria–that is my new credo, thank you!! God bless you both BIG.

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  7. whisperingleavesblog
    July 8, 2013 at 4:01 am (6 years ago)

    The most writing I do is to edit our Church Magazine, which I started from scratch just a year ago. So as a beginner I looked to learn and improve as I went on. Spiritually, I feel that surrender to Christ can become just a cliche to some, inclining our ear and then acting on the Spirits initiative well that also is a learning curve…. If memorising the letter of James, comes from the Spirit it is a good thing, if it is just something that gives me something to boast about, then its a step backwards, not forward. Thank you for making me think.

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    • Writing Sisters
      July 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for your thoughts. I agree that anything that makes us boast is a step backwards. You put it well.

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  8. apronheadlilly
    July 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm (6 years ago)

    When I was young, I wanted to be famous for my music. My desire was to minister, but there was a lot of me wrapped up in the package. My opportunities increased, and eventually I did succeed–to a point. I was with the biggest Christian recording company. I did concerts with movers and shakers in contemporary Christian music, but I also was a budget cut eventually. Even when you get a certain level of success, you are never quite satisifed. You know you could have done better, and you probably could have. You can never be good enough to please others let alone yourself. You can beat yourself up or be blind to pride, but bottom line, only things done for Christ will last. And they may not always be the headline things, but often the simple acts of faith that nobody sees.

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    • Writing Sisters
      July 9, 2013 at 7:59 am (6 years ago)

      Lilly, your life is an amazing story! I love the way you see the events of your life in the context of the bigger story of God. It is all a mystery. I think you hit it on the head when you wrote “only things done for Christ will last.” Discerning what those things are is a whole other discussion. Thanks.

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  9. Mandy
    July 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m a bit behind on reading your posts, but I know I was meant to read this today. Last night I was shown how much I was striving in my own power to be good enough…and boy was it a flop! Surrender…so easy to say, so hard to really do for this stubborn gal! Thank God for His mercy! Thanks for the encouragment!

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    • Writing Sisters
      July 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm (6 years ago)

      so glad His mercies are new every morning!

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