Why You Aren’t Supposed To Be Good Enough

By January 9, 2012Get Inspired

Life Lessons from a Little Boy

The other day I found my little boy in the living room with the fan on ultra-super-insane high speed. He was standing on the couch arms outstretched…waiting. Then, with all his might, he jumped.

“Mama, if I catch the wind, I can fly. Watch!”

I know what you’re thinking, “Great story Kat. What does that have to do with me?”

The Point

Are you catching the Wind?

Because Jesus didn’t die for “good enough.”

He didn’t step down from heaven to be born in a stable, grow up in anonymity, be beaten and despised just so that we could be “good enough” to get to heaven.

“Good enough” is a low goal.

He WANTS you to fly. He wants to walk with you to conquer with you. He has plans and a purpose for you.

It’s not about us just trying to be better. We can’t be better. We can’t be a great mom, wife, friend, believer apart from Him. We need the wind.

The beauty of it all is that Grace doesn’t end at the cross. It’s available to us every single day.

If you are alive it means He’s not done using you. There is more for you in this life. He has a specific purpose for you in all your uniqueness. But we can’t plan it or make it happen.

It all starts at His feet.

The more time we spend with Him, the farther we fly. His Grace lifts us and His Love propels us.

Each morning we have the choice to step into the raging wind of His Love, Grace and Will.

So, today, will you stretch out your arms and jump?

Question: What is one obstacle to spending time with God that you’ve overcome? What tips can you share with others? Tell us in the comments!

(I’m hard at work sorting all 2000 Hello Mornings Challenge registrants – from 40 different countries! – into groups. I’ll send group information out to AC’s later today and to registrants on Wednesday. In the meantime, don’t forget to download the optional Bible Study and bonus printables.)

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  • i am new and i love this blog! okay, one obstacle i have overcome has been procrastination AND choosing to use my time on other things instead of reading the word, praying, or doing a devotion. my old way of doing things was to pray about direction for different areas of my life and then make my own plan, asking God to step in if he wanted me to do something different than MY plan. as you can guess, this hasn’t always served me well. so now, i am trying to pour myself into the word and be a true student of God and not making any moves until HE says to. this is my focus now instead of trying to make plans all the time. i am reading scripture and faith based books during my spare time instead of watching tv or squeezing in a nap. i feel so much more invigorated and excited about my relationship with God!

    also, i wrote out my mission statement last week using your guidelines and i have it posted in my bathroom. my hubby thought it was awesome!

    • Kat says:

      Great advice Katie! Procrastination is a toughie…I battle it all the time too.

      And way to go on the mission statement – I love that you posted it in your bathroom.

  • Keya says:

    I use to think that I wasn’t spending “proper” time with God unless I spent a significant block of time each day. Well I have three small kids a husband and everyone (including me) has a different schedule that I am responsible for managing. (I’m sure you can relate). So to make sure that I get my time in with God each and every day, I pray (like my Grandma told me) where ever I am. I pray in the car. While I’m washing dishes. While I’m giving the baby a bath. Hey isn’t singing gospel or christian music a prayer? You bet it is! Its just a prayer that you sing. So I sing and sing. And my kids sing with me. One obstacle overcome….now on to the next. Thanks for the post!

    • Joyce says:

      This is great Keya! Our pastor was just speaking about this yesterday. I used to do it all the time, praying all throughout the day. But somewhere, somehow, I thought it would be better if I could “retreat” to pray for all the millions of things that needed praying for, etc. Well, who has time for that? I didn’t, so it got pushed aside. I’m thankful for reminders that we don’t need to find the “proper” time for anything with God. He is open to having that relationship with us 24/7.

  • JennJenn says:

    Getting up! That was my biggest obstacle and is now overcome (God willing). Some days I’ll just sit with my spiritual head on God’s shoulder because I’m too whacked to pray, and when my eyes have woken up enough I read the Bible to hear what He has to say, because my ears take longer to wake up. But every day I am grateful to my Father for getting me out of bed – whether to have a marathon prayer and bible session, including pilates, or just to sit with my head on His shoulder.
    I love the time with Him, even if it’s really really small, it’s still just me and Him, and what more could you ask for?

  • Caroline T says:

    Great illustration. I will remember this. Am I catching the wind? I try so often to fly on my own, no wonder I fall!!

    Cute photo! Will help me remember the lesson. 🙂

    Thanks, Kat! Have a blessed day!

  • Christina says:

    At this point, the major obstacle for me has been plain old avoidance. Not running from God Himself, but pursuing him blindly without the help or confidences of others.

    I stopped making excuses about half a year ago and found an amazing church, and am on my way to becoming a member. After getting involved in a women’s program that links me up with another woman from our church who can be a Christian support and friend, I feel like I’ll finally have someone around to offer me one-on-one conviction.

    I’m so glad to have found a church that is as great Cornerstone, but what I’m most grateful for is that this entire road has been bringing me ever closer to God and has me striving all the more to keep next to Christ. I can only pray and discipline myself to keep after this goal for the rest of my life!

    • Joyce says:

      Christina, I’m so glad that you found a place where you can connect with people who are a support and encouragement to you. That’s great! I started going to MOPS last year, and I wish I would have joined sooner…the fellowship and friendships that have formed have been wonderful.