On good days I am pretty good at parallel parking. Then there are the other days. You know the times when I come dangerously close to a car’s fender or I roll my rear tire up on the curb. You might see me pulling in, then pulling out, yanking the steering wheel left- then right then left again only to find my car hanging out in the street rather than pristine-ly hugging the curb. Certainly not meeting drivers test standards. This is when I roll my eyes and proclaim to anyone interested- “That’s good enough.”
I try to not settle for “good enough” but it’s hard. You have to admire folks that strive to do things right but have you noticed that often people around us are often encouraging us to do less not more. It’s almost like they will feel better if we settle for good enough and quit doing more. The prophet Elisha on his quest to walk the Lord’s path ran into a trail of temptations to do it “good enough”.
You see Elisha and his pal Elijah were part of this dynamic duo, sin fighting, team- kind of like Batman and Robin. Elijah was the older boss guy like Batman and Elisha was the side kick or “prophet in training” like Robin. (Instead of capes they wore cloaks- there’s no mention in scripture of spandex outfits.)
Anyway, when it was time for Elijah to be taken up into heaven, he decided to take a walk to the Jordan River. Elijah told Elisha “stay here”. It’s like he said “This is good enough.” But in 2 Kings 2:2 Elisha says “As surely as the Lord lives, and as you live, I will not leave you. “ So they walked a ways and Elijah tries again to tell his sidekick to stay but again Elisha refused. He was determined to do it right and to not settle for “good enough.” Later, after Elijah is in heaven, Elisha is blessed by becoming the new head honcho, and spends his life doing amazing miracles for the Lord. But first he had to resist the temptation to be “good enough”.
What about you? Are there times when you know you have a path to walk for the Lord but the people around you are telling you that you’ve done enough? “Why do you spend time doing that Bible study?” “You know you don’t have to watch your grandkids.” “What are you doing mowing your neighbor’s yard?”
People around you don’t understand why you’re doing things you don’t have to do but you know. You know this is the path the Lord’s placed before you and to do less just isn’t good enough. What joy to have a heart that yearns to do it right for the Lord. That my friend has its own reward. Enjoy!