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Good, better, best …. give it a rest!
We’ve all heard it, right?  Good, better, best; never let it rest; until your good is better; and your better is its best.  It’s Friday.  What if for today, we take a break from trying to do better. What would it hurt to assess what we’ve accomplished through a clear lens, free of criticism.  How about this. Reach over right now and get a piece of paper and a pencil. Write yourself a note listing what you do well. You know what they are:  good listener, ready to lend a hand, conscientious worker, spiritual counselor, prayer warrior, involved grandparent, positive attitude, talented in your profession.  I read this passage where the Queen of Sheba applauds Solomon’s reputation.  2Chronicles 9:5-7 ““It’s all true! Your reputation for accomplishment and wisdom that reached all the way to my country is confirmed. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself; they didn’t exaggerate! Such wisdom and elegance—far more than I could ever have imagined. Lucky the men and women who work for you, getting to be around you every day and hear your wise words firsthand!” We know Solomon had wisdom, was intelligent, and was even a king – but even he didn’t get it right every time.
Give yourself credit for finishing a book, grocery shopping without complaining, taking time to help a co-worker with their project even though it put you behind on yours, getting started on your laundry early, keeping the cars filled with gas, being helpful to a  neighbor, taking time to visit a friend, mowing the lawn, organizing a room, crossing 3 things off your over-stretched to do list. Hebrews 6:10 “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
Let’s have one day of applause for just being.  Plan for tomorrow, live for today and let’s open the door wide to the possibilities waiting just outside – no heroics, nothing spectacular, but just having an attitude of gratitude, finding the little splashes of right instead of all that has gone wrong.  Go toward the light. Here’s encouragement for your day from 2Corinthians 8:10 “So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. “
Let’s do what we can today.  Ready?  Let’s get out there!