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.
- 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
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.