The Encouraged Mom

Helping moms find joy in the journey of homemaking, home schooling and home business.

When Good Enough is Good Enough

Sometimes I have a great day. I mean, I meet my business goals, our homeschool day goes smooth, nobody is grumbling and complaining, I’m on top of my chores and I even fix dinner on time!

But, most days, not so much.

It’s these times when I have to remind myself that perfection is not the goal, progress is. At times, good enough, not perfect, but good enough is good enough. I have a hard time with that.

My perfectionist tendencies keep me being very hard on myself. I tell myself that my best effort isn’t good enough. I beat myself up for missing things that I should have done or simply mismanaging my time. I beat myself up a lot, and I have to remind myself that my best on that day, although it might not be the same as my best on another day, is good enough.

I was told a long time ago by a wise woman that when we put God first and seek His will, we can be confident that when we bring our best, He makes it good enough.  I have to remind myself of this quite often.

Did I make progress toward my goals? Did we accomplish anything in our homeschool? Reading, writing, math, or even just some educational videos? Did I do anything at all around the house? Did we have something to eat that day? These are the questions I ask myself to take inventory of my effort, of my progress, and it eases some of the stress.

Then I remind myself that tomorrow is a new day and His mercies are new every morning.

Do you sometimes have a hard time accepting your best, however lacking it may seem? How do you encourage yourself on these days?


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