• How Good is Good Enough?



By Barry Cameron
February 05, 2016

Occasionally, someone will question our passion for excellence here at Crossroads. Sometimes, they feel we may place too much of an emphasis on wholeheartedness, doing things first class, pursuing quality in everything or constantly striving to do the absolute best we are capable of doing.

The following illustrates why we believe the way we do:

When you quantify quality, just how good is good enough? Is there an acceptable margin of error? Most of us believe achieving accuracy 100% of the time is an impossibility. So, performing correctly at least 95, 97 or 99 percent of the time is pretty good – at least acceptable. Mistakes can be corrected later.

According to QCI International, a Red Bluff, California producer of training programs in quality improvement, 99.44% is really tolerable only if it refers to the purity of bar soap.

To make the point, QCI executive, Jeff Dewer, explained what life might be like if everything and everyone performed correctly 99.9% of the time.

For example:

  • Your drinking water would be unsafe during one hour of each month
  • Two planes would crash land every day at Chicago’s O’ Hare International Airport, the nation’s busiest
  • 50 infants per day would be dropped by doctors at birth
  • 500 surgeries per week would be bungled
  • 16,000 pieces of mail per hour would be lost
  • 20,000 drug prescriptions per year would be incorrectly filled
  • 22,000 checks per hour would be deducted from the wrong accounts
  • 32,000 missed heartbeats per year would cause you concern

So, forget about working within “acceptable” margins of error. Any job worth doing is worth doing correctly all the time.

Honestly? Good enough rarely is good enough. And for sure, good enough is never good enough when it comes to God and the things of God. That’s when we need to go all out, pull out all the stops, go for broke and give it all we’ve got.

Because God, in all things and in all ways, deserves our best!

Is He getting that from you? If so, good enough. If not, well …  

© 2015. Barry L. Cameron


Senior Pastor

Barry Cameron is a devoted father and husband, bestselling author, dynamic communicator, and Senior Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church. Crossroads has a gorgeous, 150-acre campus in Grand Prairie, Texas. More than 8000 people call Crossroads their church home. Barry’s latest book, The Road to Financial Freedom, came out in the fall of 2020 and is available on Amazon. It’s another game changer for individuals and families who want to fix their finances once and for all.

Barry and his wife, Janis, have three children: Katie, Matt and Kelli. A daughter-in-law, Lindley and a son-in law, Johnny. They also have two grandsons, Will and Levi. Their family has been completely debt free since November 15, 2001.

Crossroads Christian Church has been debt free since November 9, 2008.