Celebrating the Good, not the Perfect

What does this statement mean to you? “The perfect is the enemy of the good” (Gordon Livingston). To me this statement means that perfection can actually become my enemy if it prevents me from acknowledging the good things in my life. My sister’s philosophy is that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be perfectly wonderful. Does anyone have perfect days? Probably few have these. But lots of us have good days. And all of us have good moments within our days—even in difficult days. We just need to recognize and remember them. I also see other applications to this quote. We should celebrate the good—not perfection—in friendships, marriage, and family relationships. We should acknowledge the good—not perfection—in our jobs, service, learning, and talents. I should measure my own worth by growth and good, not by the impossibly high bar of personal perfection. Good does not have to be perfect to be celebrated. “Cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9). Recognizing and remembering the good will give me daily Reasons to Rejoice!

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