Last week I wrote a post that was supposed to be published here on Friday. I forgot about it. So, yesterday I decided I’d put it up this morning. Forgot again. I was about to publish it just now, but the whole situation made me stop and think a bit. So, instead of the planned post, you’re getting my ramblings this afternoon. You’ll just have to wait til Wednesday for the other post.
Why did I forget the post? Another writing project took precedence. In fact, that very writing project was the reason I wrote the post ahead of time in the first place. I did not want to have to stop the project to write a new post. I thought that as long as I had it written, I could just proofread it quickly, schedule it, and be done. The proofreading ended up being my problem. I cannot post something without proofreading it. Call it a compulsion or a phobia or whatever. I still might miss something when I proof a post, but at least I tried. I make too many mistakes when I just tap out my thoughts, not to mention the fact that I tend to be too wordy. I have to double-check myself.
But I just plain forgot.
I see two things here:
Sometimes we just cannot be prepared for everything; but it’s okay! I like to keep a schedule. I like to be consistent. On occasion, though, the normal, ordinary things of life must slide in favor of the unexpected and special. I admit, this is a huge struggle for me, but I’m getting better about it. In the process, I’m learning to enjoy the special more and more.
Excellence is more important than just getting something done. Admittedly, that statement cannot and must not always apply. Typically, though, we seek perfection, not excellence, and our efforts toward perfection keep us from accomplishing anything. Excellence, on the other hand, marks the fullness of our energy and our abilities. Excellence is critical for Christians trying to be lights in this dark, dark world.
Last week, my schedule slid. My blog post, tapped out over the course of about twenty minutes in an almost brain dump fashion, did not hold to a standard of excellence. So, it still sits in my “Ready to Post” folder awaiting my attention. But through it all I have been reminded to take each day and week as it is handed me by my incredible, holy, loving Father. I must seek His Kingdom above my schedule, my plan, and even my commitments. And I must do all He lays before me with excellence, even if it remains far from perfect (a bit like today’s ramblings).
May your week be special and excellent in every way.