“And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.”
I haven’t read Kevin Leman’s book, but it sounds like it’s something I would like to check out. And maybe you too.
Now when it comes to sports, strictly speaking, sometimes your best just isn’t good enough. Sometimes your forth and one play comes up a tad short; sometimes your field goal attempt sails wide right; sometimes your shot rims out; and sometimes you get beat out after you gave it all you’ve got. Sometimes you go in with everything only to come out with nothing. And sometimes we go, to mix in a movie metaphor, a bridge too far.
Grumpy grouches and miserable menaces will always criticize and be critical; this type will always judge and be judgmental, be cruel and crass, brunt and brash, and you will never live up to their standard. There are those that will always disapprove and disparage, complain and condemn, nit-pick and pick holes in your game and your life. These are the ones that will never be satisfied, and these are the ones you should never even try to satisfy.
On the other hand, you are good enough for God! That’s why God wants you to know that He is good enough for you.
I grew up playing sports and was taught that your best is good enough. This saying is true to a fault. In sports it applies until you don’t win the big one. Don Shula, the legendary coach of the Miami Dolphins said this:
What I learned from that loss, and also another loss that I’m going to talk about later, was that when you’re there, it’s not good enough to be there, when you’re there, you better walk away with that ring.
And he’s right. We don’t play just to play. As the former Philadelphia Eagle great Hernan Edwards once said, “You play to win the game! Hello?!” https://godandsports.net/?s=You+play+to+win+the+game&searchsubmit=Find+%C2%BB
Spiritually speaking, our best is measured against our worst. And more often than not, we are at our worst. The prophet said all of our righteousness is as filthy rags. So, since we will never measure up to God’s standard of holiness and righteousness, we must trust Him to do what we can’t. Our best will never be good enough for Heaven. That’s why God sent His Son and that’s why His Son gave His life. God’s best is good enough, and we should accept and accede to what Heaven has to offer instead of trying to be good and clean and pure and perfect all on our own.
That being said, it doesn’t mean that we don’t TRY our best, or GIVE our best, or even DO our best. To not try, and give and do our best is heresy. It’s a cop out; it’s a duck and a dodge, and a shun and a shirk from being and doing the right thing. It’s taking advantage of God’s grace, and to take advantage of God’s grace is what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “Cheap Grace.”
So do your best, and let God do the rest. That’s what the Gospel is all about.