Close (Enough) Five Minute Friday

(Linking up to Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday)

Ever feel like you are close enough to achieving someting but then it is just too hard?

Do you say
Ahh close enough
And then give up?

If we didn’t quite reach a goal, my father used to say
Close, but no cigar!
close enough

Is close enough maybe the anti-thesis of perfectionism? Does a perfectionist quit at good enough?

Or maybe driven is the opposite of close enough? Does someone who is driven stop at close enough?

Do marathoners quit at the 39km mark?

These are the thoughts that hound me and tell me I am not good enough. Close enough isn’t good enough.

But God’s grace isn’t like that.
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It is not about being perfect, or being driven. But it is about EXCELLENCE.

Colossians 3:17 (NLT)

17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

And Colossians 3:23 (ESV)
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

And interesting wording from the Message translation

22-25 Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.

For all you struggling with motivation on a Friday – Work from the heart for your real Master today!

(and then look forward to some Sabbath rest – Sunday is coming!)

Have a great weekend!


4 thoughts on “Close (Enough) Five Minute Friday

  1. Around here we sometimes say (in a kidding tone), ‘Close doesn’t count except in horsehoes.’ : ) I think drive matters to a degree, not towards perfection but towards excellence as you say. I am reading a devotional this year that works through the book of Proverbs. A great book to find motivation!

    • I think you are right – drive matters to a degree, not towards perfection. A devotional on the book of Proverbs sounds like it would be motivating for sure. What is the title?

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