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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Good Word Pastor Kemp.
Gwen Johnson Psalm 118:17
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