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Good and Great

March 28, 2011

We all know there is a difference between the terms, good and great.   But do you know the difference between the good things in your life and the great things?

A couple weeks ago, I heard Jon Kever preach an interesting sermon out of Acts 6.  There were a certain sect of Jews complaining to the disciples that some widows were being left out of the food distribution on a daily basis.  Now, I would assume the disciples would stumble all over themselves, apologizing and making it right.  Yet they reacted quite differently than I expected.  “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.  Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.  We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”  Say what!?!  I thought taking care of the widows was ministry!

What my pastor communicated to me was that to do the great things in life (that to which you are most called) you must delegate!!  There is wisdom in knowing the difference between good and great within our callings.  There probably were times when those disciples would have put on aprons and got to work.  By no means were they pig-headed males blowing off “women’s work.”  It was instead a giving up of something good (helping widows) for something great (their calling at a precious time in church history).  They acknowledged the good that had to get done but realized they were not in the position to actually carry it out. It is hard to not feel like a jerk in turning down the good things, especially hungry widows!

We don’t have enough time and energy to do both the good and the great.  Do you know the difference between the good in your life and the great?  Sometimes poor boundaries  allow our lives to become cluttered with the good things and it crowds out the great we are called to live out.  The tricky part of all this is that this whole time we are doing good, just good enough to mask the absence of greatness.

Spring is upon us (at least in Texas) and it is time for spring cleaning.  Take inventory of all the good in your life and see if you need to make any difficult decisions by reassigning it. We need to make sure there is adequate space for the great in our lives because it comes with a little more weight and commitment.  It comes with a little more risk and reward.  For our lives to have the impact we desire, we must know the difference between good and great and have the guts to do something about it.  Don’t settle for good when God has called and designed you for a unique greatness.  We are all different and called to different things- we need to make sure we are giving enough attention to those unique aspects.

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