“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.’” - Matthew 17:20 (NLT)
I used to let striving for perfection hold me back from getting things done, but now I know done is better than perfect.
About seven years ago, I did a freelance job for a well-known media giant. I had a job, but I often took on freelance work for extra money.
The company wanted me to design three different looks for their reporters to wear to red carpet events. It was a simple project, and I had three days to complete it.
“Easy money,” I thought to myself.
Two days before the job was due, I tried to scan my sketches onto my computer and realized that my scanner wasn’t working well. A simple job turned into me staying up all night.
At some point, when I saw the sunrise, I gave up. I was tired, stressed out, and didn’t see how I could finish the project in time without calling out of work.
Wait, that’s it!
The company was paying me exponentially more than my job, so I called out—not my proudest moment. I slept for an hour or two and then pushed myself to spend the entire day finishing the project.
And by the grace of God, I finished it in time. It wasn’t my best work, but it was completed with my best effort.
Done is better than perfect.
Whether it’s a work task or project, having an unrealistic expectation of perfection delays getting things done. I've been challenged with this recently.
At what point do I take a leap of faith even if what I’m doing isn’t 100% to my satisfaction? That thought has been surfacing my mind the last few days.
It's funny how God knows exactly what we are thinking because a pastor spoke directly to my thoughts on Sunday. He said, “If we do little things like their big things, God will do big things like their little things.”
I don't know what the little things are in your life that you need to do, but I knew exactly what that meant for me.
I often quote Matthew 17:20, which says, “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.’”
Our little faith can move mountains with the power of God.
You may think that you don’t have what it takes to do something, but God qualifies the unqualified and equips you with everything you need to get the job done.
You don’t have to be perfect to get started or complete a task, you just have to take the next step and trust in God. You’ll never see the results you’re hoping for if you don’t put your faith into action.
This is me talking to me too.
I mentioned earlier that the freelance project I submitted wasn’t my best work. Completing a task is just a starting point. You can always learn, grow, revise, and do better.
Practice doesn’t make you perfect, it makes you better and more prepared for the next time you do something.
Don’t let fear hold you back from all that God has planned for you. Redefine what fear means.
You can Forget Everything And Run or Faith Everything And Rise. Choose the latter because you were born to do great things with God.
As a challenge, I pray that whatever you've been putting aside or afraid to do, you'll get it done today. You owe it to yourself and everyone around you who will be blessed by your faith.
With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
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Do great things with God. - Mags