Welcome to a new and exciting church year. What makes it so exciting is that we’re all back home again. Over the summer some of us have traveled to places far and near, others have wiled away the hours at local pools, and others have chilled in our own homes under the cool blast of air conditioning. Now, the new church year has arrived with new opportunities for all.
We often have the idea that our best isn’t good enough, as if this were actually possible. It’s easy to get tangled up with the idea of trying to be the best. The best parent, the best employee, the best child, or the best friend. If you examine this notion, you will begin to see that it doesn’t make much sense If we try to be the best, we run the risk of short-circuiting our originality because we are striving to fit into someone else’s vision of success. Moreover, we lose out on creativity, diversity, and visionary alternatives to the way things are done.
Letting go of the tendency to hold ourselves up to other people’s standards, and letting go of the belief that we need to compete and win, doesn’t mean we don’t believe in doing the best job we can. You may not be able to deliver someone else’s idea of the best, but the good news is that’s not your burden. You only need to fulfill your own potential, and as long as you remain true to that calling, you don’t need to expect anything more from yourself.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to improve, but examining where this feeling comes from is important because wanting to be better than others is our ego coming into play. Striving to do our best creates a life free of regret, knowing that we have performed to the best of our ability. This allows us to feel great personal satisfaction in all of our efforts, regardless of how others perceive the outcome. Let’s make this church year the best ever, because your best is always good enough. It’s good because it comes from you, and you are always good enough.
From My Heart to Yours,