I may be behind some of you, (not uncommon) but, I just watched an incredible movie. This was the best movie I think I have ever seen. The movie “Courageous” is remarkable. It is a movie that is primarily about fatherhood. It is a powerful movie that is true to God standards (in parenting) and I will admit, there were alot less times that I had “dry eyes” than there were times that I didn’t.
But there was one phrase that hit me right between the eyes, and gave me just the medicine that I needed.
There were a group of men sitting around talking. One man was discussing with his friends some parenting goals that he had for himself. One of his friends told him that he was being too hard on himself, after all you are a “good enough” father. To which this man replied “I don’t want to be a “good enough” father”
While the implications of this phrase as it relates to parenting are endless, and I could never fully write my hearts thoughts on the subject in one blog, I want to share something with you…
I have been living a “good enough” life.
I make an effort to be a good husband and father.
I make an effort to study God’s word every single day.
I make an effort to comfort those who hurt.
I make an effort to reach lost souls (3 of which are on my heart tonight)
As I look at this “checklist” I realize that in many respects, I have been living a “good enough” life. I convince myself that because I do good things, and have a good moral compass that I am good enough.. I do NOT want to be “good enough” by my standards anymore. Because God will not judge me based on my standards. But, by His perfect standards.
WAY TOO OFTEN, we allow ourselves to become comfortable with who we have become. We look at our achievements, we look at the work we have done, we pat our own backs, and say we have been “good enough.”
By “we” I sincerely mean “me”. I publicly want to confess, and apologize for settling for “good enough” when I should be striving for the man God TRULY wants me to be.
How about you?
1 Thessalonians 4:1- “…excel still more”