I have really been struggling with this idea lately of just living life well. or ‘good enough’. We say things are great, great in our marriages, great in churches, great in our health, great in our ministries… but are they really? Are things really great? and we know this for sure? HAHAHA sorry Rob Bell innuendo for my buddy Jeremy Tacket. But really, are things great or are things just good.
I love the book From Good to Great by Jim Collins. I read this book about two years ago for a class in spiritual formation. The underline tones for ministry are incredible. But even more so lately I have been asking that question less for ‘business or ministry’ and more for own life. Is my life good or great? I would say my life is really good. Actually I would say my life is REALLY REALLY good! I am super blessed, with an incredible wife, incredible job, incredible gifts and dreams as well. But there has been something in my soul crying for more. Something deeper, something more fulfilling, something lasting.
From being at a funeral of some great family friends, the question hit me of am I leaving a great legacy in my family and ministry? From hearing a great sermon last week talking about how Jesus invites us to trust and ‘go deep’ am I trusting Jesus is calling me to something great, not just good?
I asked these questions not because I feel I have fallen off course, but in realizing I could potentially be heading down the road of good and ok instead of great and excelling I have been asking the tough questions.
Good isn’t enough because it wasn’t good enough for Jesus for us. One of my favorite verses that shows this is John 10.10 “For I have come so that you may have life and life to its fullest” This word full is a powerful word. The word is pessiso meaning complete, overflowing, extravagant, exceeding something, something more, superadded, superiority, remarkable and supior advantage. WOW that is a pretty awesome and strong word for sure. As I know Jesus has come to give us this life, this real life, this greater life I want to pursue it with all I have. But its less of what I have and really what God has for me and my family.
I have to realize that as long as I feel good is good enough I will never touch greatness. Its not about prosperity but about living a life worthy of greatness living with a passion for something far more greater than myself. Jesus offer’s this kind of life. He promises this kind of life that transforms and impacts every area of our life. It wants to reach as far into the areas of our marriages, and health, and ministry, and churches, and sports, and friends, and wealth, and passions that it transforms us to the core. Transforms us to live lives more fruitful and full beyond our wildest dreams.
So the question is…How do you know when good isn’t enough?
What things start making you think there is something more?
Do you think good is all there, or do you feel there is more to it all?