by Jim Barr
Resist perfection. I strongly believe that each individual should establish high expectations*; but the zeal for perfection can be harmful and will defiantly kill productivity. The French writer, historian and philosopher, Voltaire, didn’t get everything right; but he was right on target when he said, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” A painting would never be finished, and many have gone unfinished, if the artist sought perfection. A book would never be published if the writer insisted on perfection; and a sermon would never be preached.
Do your best but do not become fixated on perfection. In his blog, Getting Stuff Done, Hector Cuevas says, “Trying to get everything perfect will stop you from accomplishing anything at all.” Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works…” Good works and not perfect works.
Strive to do your best. God has a way of taking our feeble efforts and making them superior!
*I have a number of short pieces on my Wisdom Tidbits blog on expectations. You can click here to read them. Follow @pastorbarr
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