“It’s good enough,” I said audibly while pushing the print button on my computer keyboard. The proposal I had worked on for the past few days was nearing its assigned submittal deadline. After numerous refinements, it was on its way out the door. Perfect submittal? no. Good enough? Yes.  

At what point is our work effort ‘good enough’?

In most of our jobs and even in our personal lives we have a finite amount of time for each task. There are often looming deadlines that push us to constantly evaluate the value of each one. Tasks that were high priority yesterday may easily fall to the bottom of the pile tomorrow if another more important task comes up. The value of each task is stacked up against its neighbor and we make decisions that govern our finite timelines.

‘Good enough’ philosophy is making sure that each task is sufficiently addressed in the prospective of time. If I have a 5% chance of winning a project at work, it would make no sense for me to spend 95% of my time to pursue that project. Conversely, if I have a 80% of winning a job, do only I spend 10% of my time on the pursuit?

This juggling act is common to every person. We continuously adjust and reevaluate our priorities and the places we invest our time. I often hear the word ‘balance’ referred to as a goal of keeping one area of our lives from overshadowing another. Mind, body and Spirit must all be exercised to stay intact.

Looking at all of this from a spiritual perspective, I asked myself ‘where are my priorities?’ Are we as humans spending 95% of our time on pursuits that don’t matter in eternity? Are we giving God the bare minimum it takes to be ‘good enough’? What is the minimum effort to be ‘good enough’ spiritually in God’s eyes? Are other tasks killing the important priorities? After all, our timeline here on earth is finite. We’d better invest it wisely.

Are we just ‘good enough’?

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Matthew 6:19
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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