Done is better than perfect. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
You’ve most likely heard these expressions but did you know that these expressions are actually biblical?
A lot of us are familiar with the concepts in the Bible that talk about sowing and reaping. That you reap what you sow. That there is a season for everything under the sun; that there is a season for sowing and a season for reaping. To not get tired of doing what is good because at just the right time, you will reap a harvest of blessing if you don’t give up.
During my time with God this morning, he showed me that 'done is better than perfect' is actually biblical.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 jumped out at me and I spent almost an hour meditating and reflecting on it. My word of the year is ‘Harvest’ and I had never heard this verse before about planting and reaping a harvest.
“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” - Ecclesiastes 11:4
Over the past few months, I’ve been swimming in uncharted territory as I pursue the dreams God has put on my heart to write and share the love and truth of Jesus with others. This verse sums up exactly how I am feeling in this season.
After launching my blog a few weeks ago, it was like God was whispering to me, “Done is better than perfect. The time is now.” I spent endless hours the past few months learning how to build a website, how to launch a blog, how to optimize SEO for blog posts, how to format photos, how to share on social media, etc.
I had so much to learn and so much I wanted to do but I kept reminding myself that done is better than perfect and that everyone starts somewhere.
In a quarantine season that has lasted longer than we ever expected, some of us are in a waiting period. Waiting for stores and businesses to open up. Waiting for our jobs to start again. Waiting to lay out on the beach again. Waiting for life to resume.
In life, some of us have been in a waiting period for certain milestones to happen. Waiting for God to reveal our calling. Waiting to find Mr. Right. Waiting on our dream house. Waiting to be in the best shape of our lives. Waiting to earn a certain amount of income a year. Waiting for a broken heart to heal.
When I was single for the majority of my twenties, I often found myself waiting to have a boyfriend to do certain things that I had always wanted to do. Waiting to go on a certain beach vacation. Waiting to go to that romantic place for dinner. Waiting to go to holiday parties because I didn't want to go alone. Deep down, there were moments were I felt like I was waiting for my real life to start.
We can be waiting for great things but we can’t let the waiting stop us from stepping out where we are today. We can’t let waiting on perfect timing or certain milestones to happen before we start living the life God intended us to live.
Launch the blog. Write that book. Take the trip you’ve had your eye on. Throw that party. Get married. Start investing now. Ask that girl out. Pick up the Bible and start reading it. Start tithing now. Serve others right where you are.
Done is better than perfect. Timing is never going to be perfect but we have to step out in faith and start somewhere.
If we never plant, we never harvest. If we never start, we never finish.
You miss 100% of the harvest of the seeds you never plant.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
You miss 100% of the miracles that you don’t believe in.
You miss 100% of the blessings that you never ask God for.
I am in awe at how God has moved the past few months during this quarantine season. Businesses were launched. New opportunities were awakened. Books were written. Bible studies were completed. New relationships were formed. Marriages were made. Yes, I know a few people that made it official and tied the knot!
I congratulate all the brave souls that had faith and stepped out to plant despite the less than ideal quarantine circumstances. I congratulate the brides that said 'I do' and chose to enter into a covenant with their husband before God even if it wasn’t their dream wedding.
God doesn’t need perfect weather to flourish. God can move right in the storm if you’ll let him.
In a season where some of us have more time to focus on what’s in front of us, start planting. Start sowing. In the right season, you will reap a harvest.
Don’t keep waiting on the perfect conditions to start. Don’t keep waiting for quarantine to be over. Do you want to look back months from now wishing you had listened to that nudge of the Holy Spirit that was prompting you to get started?
Ask God what seeds you can plant right now. Stop making excuses. Pick up that hoe and get to work - done is better than perfect!
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