ALMOST is Not Enough!
By: Donna Haug
August 26, 2003
“Esther, are you done in there?”
I hear another splash in the tub as my 11 year old daughter answers, “ALMOST!” With that she proceeds to fill her plastic swan with water and pour yet another soapy concoction into an empty shampoo bottle.
This response is very common in our house and is often used when someone is not allowed to say “No!” but wants to delay the “Yes!” as much as possible! “Did you finish cleaning up your room?” “Is your homework done?” “Are the dishes finished?” ….. “ALMOST!”
I sometimes wonder if I do not try to avoid answering my Lord in a similar way. “My child, have you spent time alone with Me today so that I can refresh your soul?”
“ALMOST, Lord, but I got called away.”
“Dear one, did you tell your hurting friend that I love her and want to be involved in her life?”
“Well, I ALMOST did, but then the moment passed and the conversation shifted …”
“Have you written your article for this week’s challenge?”
Good intentions will not renew my spirit or heal my friend’s broken heart. Can I be content with ALMOST? Is it enough that “I meant to”?
Lord, help me get beyond ALMOST to the place where I can say, “YES, I have accomplished today what you asked me to do!”
Remember the NIKE logo? “Don’t just think about it – DO IT!”
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Col. 3:17
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