Don’t Miss the Good Looking for Better
There is an old saying that says, “good is the enemy of best.” Living in a go-getting, fast-paced, high-achieving society, humans work themselves until they achieve what they think is the absolute best thing for them,and anything less than that is unacceptable. Throughout my personal teenage years I have come to the conclusion that best is not always better than good.
Dating as far back as I can remember, I have always been a competitive perfectionist who will refuse who only strives to achieve what i consider my best. If I had received an ‘A’ in a class, I would be upset if it weren’t an A+. In basketball I would count how many shots I missed rather than the ones I made. I wanted to make sure I was the best player on the court. Although I had done things that were good, I wouldn’t be happy because it wasn’t the best.
Last week while I was reflecting on the past, I realized how many times I had missed out on really good opportunities because I was thought they weren’t the “best” option. Unfortunately when that “best” option didn’t come around the corner, I missed out on something that could have been an exciting experience. The more I reflected, the more I realized that in these cases “best” turned out to be the enemy of “good.” I spent all of my time searching and longing for the pot of gold, that I didn’t see and appreciate the beauty of the rainbow.
I have wasted so much time focusing on my end goal that I have failed to embrace and appreciate the journey.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” All things work together for good, and not necessarily the best. If things in my life are good but not as good as I wish, I should still be appreciative and focus more on what I have instead of what I don’t. Living a constant search for something better causes us to miss out on good things.
As I leave you with this thought today, I urge you to accept and settle for what is good rather than being so focused on the best. Should we always settle for good and not best? Probably not, but if we did more often we would see many more of the gifts God has given.