What is excellent?
According to the Free Dictionary, excellent means:
Of the highest or finest quality; exceptionally good of its kind.
Too many of us strive after perfection, when we should really aim for excellence.
When I was in school, my grades were never good enough. If I got a B, why was it not an A? If I got an A, why was it not an A+?
I never looked good enough. My mother constantly admonished me to put on lipstick; I was too pale. This was during the grunge ’90’s, y’all. I wanted to look pale.
As parents, we often inadvertently teach our kids that they’re not good enough. When they rush through a chore or assignment, we mean to say it’s done poorly, but they often perceive that they’re not good enough rather than the job wasn’t done well.
As Christians, we’re bombarded with all the not good enoughs: giving, volunteering, teaching, nursery duty.
We can never give enough of our money or time to meet anyone’s standards.
By trying and failing to be good enough, we lose the reason for giving and become bitter. If we’re not cheerful givers, we’d better just not give at all.
If our kids see us stressing over works instead of following Christ, what are we teaching them? Do we want our kids to be moral heathens or true Christ followers?
Are you just teaching your kids to obey the rules? Or are you teaching them to seek after Christ?