So I have a problem. I have a good enough problem. Maybe I’m the only one, but I doubt that. I am willing to bet that you too, at some point in your life, have had a good enough problem.
You see this problem seems to smack me in the face on a daily basis. I read post after post of amazing things that people are doing, and subsequently things that I am not doing. I see blog after blog highlighted on this platform here and then two more over there. I see tweets asking questions of who the best in the business of church communication and never see my own name mentioned.
It’s when I see these things that I start telling myself, “I am behind the times. There are so many more people better at this stuff than me. I am – well – I am not good enough to do this.”
I love this digital and social media community. I think it is one of the greatest things since chocolate chip cookies. I love the Church Communications Facebook group that gets flooded with questions and ideas every single day. What a blessing that is to have so much access to incredible content and just really awesome people.
As good as all of this is, there are some days that I feel like I am in the middle of a dog fight. A dog fight that I feel like I will never win.
You see, even though I read Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook and follow Gary Vaynerchuk, I rarely use the word “hustle” in my everyday conversations and often get exhausted just watching his Snap Stories. Oh and I will not be going to any garage sales this weekend which will probably cost me more money in the long run.
My “morning grind” starts around 8 or 9 am after I have gotten my kids off to school. I struggle some days to sit down long enough to type an email, let alone write a 10 point blog post that will be read by millions.
I worry that I won’t do enough to remain relevant.
I wonder if I even know enough to have the right to be heard.
To be honest there is not enough coffee in my house to allow me to get everything done to keep me at “crushing it” status on any social media channel.
Some days my successful benchmark is that my kids are still alive and in one piece, and the house hasn’t fallen apart too much.
I admit. I have a problem. I have an, “am I good enough” problem.
I think it is easy in this life, and especially in this “industry” to feel as if we won’t ever be good enough. There will always be someone ahead of us, doing what we wish we had the time or resources to do. There will always be another so and so getting the recognition, props, followers and likes that we think should be ours. Just a month or so ago I got asked to write a blog and because of my daily responsibilities and schedule I had to decline. The blog went to another person. I wasn’t able to do something in the moment, and I missed an opportunity to elevate my “good enough” status to “great,” because well, we need to be constantly going from good to great, right?
When I take a step back for a moment and stop my personal pity party, I notice something about my problem.
I notice that most of my “good enough” is when I have taken my daily focus off of Jesus and put it squarely on me, myself and I.
When I do this, I quickly realize that I don’t have a “good enough” problem at all. I have a focus problem.
I have a “not enough focus on Jesus” problem.
When I focus my life’s work on me I will never be good enough.
However, when I focus my attention on Jesus, being “good enough” no longer matters – as much – because Jesus IS enough.
When my focus is on Jesus, that “good enough” status is still there, lingering in the background, but it no longer consumes me or is a driving force behind why I do what I do. I no longer obsess over how many followers I have, how many millions have read my blog, or whether or not I get invited to speak at that conference. I no longer waste my energy on these things because making a mark of significance in the Kingdom and living into God’s purpose for my life is way more important than my personal fame and digital status.
I must admit this is a hard focus shift though. It is not be easy, especially in a world that likes to reward us for our personal accomplishments. I am willing to bet that at some point we all want to be seen, have our stuff go viral like the Chewbacca Lady, and have our content get propelled into the epic stratosphere of awesomeness. The question remains – at what cost and for what purpose?
Us or Jesus?
Do we sacrifice God’s eternal purpose for our own temporary fame?
I am reminded of what Paul said in Philippians 3:7-9, “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…”
Paul considered all those things before Jesus, garbage. The greek word Paul used is skubalon, literally translated as crap (insert other word as desired). Everything Paul gained before he met Jesus meant nothing – they paled in comparison to the incredible nature of Jesus and knowing him. Paul spent the rest of his life doing everything he could to make Jesus known to as many as he could – he cared nothing about making people know who Paul was and how many people were following him on twitter and snapchat.
So at the end of the day if people know my name and not Jesus it was all for nothing. I may land on Brian Dodd’s top 30 people to follow on Twitter (check out #15…which I am totally grateful for and Brian is an incredible guy who everyone should stop right now and go follow), but if when people follow me because of that mention and they never hear about Jesus that list means nothing and I have done a disservice to Brian and all those mentioned with me. We can have the highest read article, book, blog, and social media accounts out there, but if people cannot experience Jesus in what we say there is very little meaning.
You might be thinking these are pretty extreme words and suggestions. Maybe they are, but I believe that those of us who follow Jesus are held to a higher standard. I believe we are held to focus our lives, attention, and our actions, both online and offline to point others to Jesus, as Van Baird would say.
When we begin to live lives where we seek to glorify God and point people to Jesus, we do things differently and we approach life more intentionally. When we are faithful and intentional about what we do, our personal goal of being “good enough” doesn’t matter, Jesus does.
This doesn’t mean we no longer strive for quality or success. On the contrary, it means we approach that quality and success with Jesus in mind rather than our own personal goals and achievements.
Because of this, if our content doesn’t go viral, but introduces one person to Jesus in some manner and makes a difference in their life, then it was as good as that crazy cat video that got seen by millions. We cannot quantify the work being done through us when we are faithful to God’s calling in our life. He has called us to be faithful and significant, not viral and forgotten by tomorrow.
I have come to accept I will never do anything to be “good enough” and that is ok. My goal isn’t “good enough” anymore, my goal is Jesus and focusing everything I have on Him and the purpose he has given me in this life. My goal is making a significant mark in this life and pointing others to Jesus every chance I get. If along the way I get famous – like celebrity, rock-star famous – then I will just roll with it. However, if I am never celebrity rock-star famous, but can make a significant difference in this life – even for just one person, then glory be to God – it was well worth the ride.
May you see you will never do anything to be good enough either. May you also see that you are already enough because of Jesus, and when you focus your life on him and the purpose he has given you, you will do more in this life than you could ever imagine. So go ahead and be awesome, just be awesome for Jesus.