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September 3, 2013

Done > Perfect

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Written by: Tony McCollum

As pastors, we all want to bring our best to the Lord.  We understand that He deserves our best and it’s only rightful that we give it to Him.

The problem is we often confuse our best with perfection and in the process we slowly slip over into a perfectionism that is both destructive and counterproductive.

Perfectionism simply requires everything, and everyone, to be perfect.  When considering what we should bring to the Lord, it’s an admirable but misguided goal.

The bottom line is that perfect is really hard to accomplish this side of Heaven and if we are always waiting until something is perfect before we move forward we’re likely to never really get anything done.

Pastor Rick Warren has often said that Saddleback was built on a “good enough” mentality.  That is to say that if something is 80-90% perfect then it’s good enough and they move forward with it.

There are no perfect service orders, church programs, or potential leaders in your church.  You’ve just got to do your best and start moving forward.

We need to shift from an attitude of perfectionism to an attitude of excellence if we are to truly going accomplish anything in this world.

Excellence says that we’re going to give the Lord the best we can right now, given what we’ve got and what we’re capable of at this particular moment.  It’s an act of sacrifice and service to be sure but it also acknowledges that our best is never going to be all we’d hope it would be.

God understands this.  Even the nicest church facility on the planet is a dump compared to the glories of His heavenly abode.  He accepts our humble surroundings, limited understanding, and meager means because He loves us.  All He’s looking for is a heart that wants to give Him the best of what we have.

Don’t let perfectionism stop you today.  It’s far better to give God your best, no matter how limited that my be, and get things done.

About the Author

Tony McCollum
I'm the senior pastor of Fusion Church. I've been in the ministry for over 20 years. I'm also the founder of many sites such as, and Most importantly, I like ice cream.



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