There’s good… and that’s ok. And then there’s better… and that’s more than ok. But then there’s best… and that’s what we want! Does this sound right to you? Does this ring true for you?
Think for a moment… what does our local paper invite us to do every year? Submit our choices of the best, whether it be a dentist or plumber or tree trimmer or dog groomer! Yes, we want the best, we prefer the best!
But do we always get it? And what happens to us when we don’t?
Several years ago an article caught my attention and its message has continued to haunt me. Even the title is confronting: “Is Good the Enemy of Great?” If you’d like to read the full article, you can find it here: https://www.faithandleadership.com/l-roger-owens-if-job’s-worth-doing-it’s-worth-doing-poorly
Roger Owens is a professor at Pittsburgh Seminary and he admits that he once embraced a one-word mantra, Excellence. But during his service as the senior pastor of a large congregation, a staff member came to him with an idea, an inspiration. Owens didn’t respond with enthusiasm but with skepticism. He sensed this staff member inviting the church to take a risk… that dreaded risk of potentially doing something poorly.
Owens mined this experience of dreading anything other than the best and discovered these two important insights: such fear can lead to “suffocating micromanagement” or to paralysis… neither of which is life-giving and faithful. Owens sums up being open to taking risks with these words, “We will not shut the door on excellence, but neither will we let excellence shut the door on innovation.”
So maybe there’s familiar… and that’s good. And then there’s comfortable… and that’s better. And then there’s new… and that’s scary because it invites us to risk, to leap in faith!
Recently, an idea bubbled up in the Pathfinders conversation… and a new ministry opportunity is being birthed! Keep your peepers peeled for ways to be involved… because it just might be life-giving and faithful!