Occasionally, someone will question our passion for and pursuit of excellence. Sometimes people feel we place too much emphasis on “doing things right” or doing things “first class.” Is it really necessary to pursue quality in everything or constantly strive to do the absolute best we are capable of doing?
Is it really necessary? Good question.
The following illustrates why we believe the way we do:
When you quantify quality, how good is good enough? Is there an acceptable margin of error? Most people believe achieving accuracy 100% of the time is an impossibility and performing correctly at least 95, 97 or 99 percent of the time is good enough —at least acceptable. Any mistakes can be corrected later.
According to QCI International, a Red Bluff, California producer of training programs in quality improvement, 99.44% is tolerable only if it refers to the purity of a bar of soap. (You might want to read that sentence again.)
“The truth is, good enough rarely is. And for sure, good enough is never good enough when it comes to God.”
To make the point, QCI executive, Jeff Dewer, explained what life would be like if everything and everyone performed correctly 99.9 percent of the time.
- Your drinking water would be unsafe during one hour of each month.
- Two planes would crash land each day at Chicago’s O’ Hare International Airport, third busiest airport in America.
- 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. That’s a misnomer. Any job worth doing is worth doing correctly all the time.
The truth is, good enough rarely is. And for sure, good enough is never good enough when it comes to God, the things of God and the church of God. Quite the contrary, that’s when we need to go all out, pull out all the stops, go for broke and give it all we’ve got. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work heartily (give it all you’ve got), as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
Because God, in all things and in all ways, deserves our best!
So, here’s the question: Is He getting that from you? If so, good enough.
If not, well …
© 2020. 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.