The other night, a friend mentioned these words from Oswald Chambers, and they’ve followed me around the past few days. I’ll be printing this and putting it somewhere to remind me that in all I do – and hope to do – prayer is more than an afterthought, a last resort, or even a preparatory step. Prayer is CENTRAL. Prayer is CRUCIAL. Prayer MATTERS.
Sure there are a million ways to be *JUST* a good mom. But shouldn’t I strive for better than that? Shouldn’t I at least try for something closer to perfect than JUST GOOD?
But what’s so bad about good?
I know, I know. The greatest enemy of best is good. Or something like that.
But when I only find “perfect” acceptable… Well, let’s be honest. When that’s the case, I usually don’t even try. Case in point: my daughter’s birthday. She turned five yesterday. And I had decided we weren’t going to have a party this year.
Here’s the deal: I don’t think it really matters if you have a party for your kid or not – but my motivation in this decision never felt quite right. My public reason was that she doesn’t HAVE to have a party every year, and it would be good for her to learn that early on. Teachable moments, right?
The real reason was that it felt like too much work and if I couldn’t do it “right,” then I wouldn’t do it at all.
Long story short, the sweet girl asked if she could have a few friends over to celebrate. And we did. We had five little girls over to eat pizza and watch Frozen. No decorations. No crafts. Literally just Domino’s pizza, Frozen, and a cake from the grocery store.
And my daughter was in heaven.
(The other little girls were too, by the looks of the video.)
It wasn’t perfect. But it was GOOD.
Please hear me: going above and beyond is NOT WRONG. Whether it’s birthday parties or keeping house or WHATEVER IT IS. Do what you do, and do it well, and do it with love.
But for the love, beware of the perfection trap. (Preaching to myself here.) If less-than-PERFECT (or Pinterest-worthy or Mom-of-the-Year or fill-in-the-perfection-blank) is considered failure, then it’s time to regroup.
I want to be a GOOD MOM. And thank You, Jesus, there truly are a million ways to be that.
Looking for more encouragement on this topic? It turns out I’m not alone with these thoughts – and neither are you! I just found this timely post from one of my new favorite writers, Bronwyn Lea: “Never mind good vs evil, the real battle is good vs best.” I think you’ll be glad you found her too.