When entering a “melt-down” zone

Ever had a “melt-down” moment? 


I remember one of those moments many years ago.  I was trying to pull off a special event at the church I pastored at the time and someone had “borrowed” tables that I was counting on and had taken them across the street to use in a Sunday School class.   

The clock was ticking and I felt the pressure of all the little last-minutes details breathing down my back…and now this 😦

I was huffing and puffing and muttering under my breath about it all as I hurriedly made my away across the street to grab those tables. 

Thankfully I had also grabbed a man with both a strong back and a wise mind to go with me.  He could tell I was frustrated and at just the right moment quietly said, “You know pastor, we have a saying at work that goes like this – ‘Perfection tomorrow; improvement today.’” 

You are always just one idea away from the next level and that one little statement became a defining moment in my life. 

I can’t tell you the times I have repeated it to myself.  Since that day those many years ago, I have had far bigger fish to fry than recovering a few wandering table.  When I feel the heat rising, I will repeat that little mantra I heard those many years ago: “Perfection tomorrow; improvement today.”  It helps bring reality back in focus. 

  • The ONE THING for today: Perfection is called “heaven”, everything else is at best an improvement.   This is not an excuse for not giving your best, but it a good reminder—especially when you entering a potential “melt-down” zone.      


Hebrews 11:9-10 (NKJV)

9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.





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