99 – good enough?

The poem, by Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane, made known by Ira D Sankey in the Hymm There Were Ninety and Nine brought to mind something I’ve mentioned here and have told my students.

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold.
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare.
Away from the tender Shepherd?s care.
Away from the tender Shepherd?s care.

?Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
Are they not enough for Thee??
But the Shepherd made answer:
?This of Mine Has wandered away from Me;
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep.?

But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry,
Sick and helpless and ready to die;
Sick and helpless and ready to die.

?Lord, whence are those blood drops all the way
That mark out the mountain?s track??
?They were shed for one who had gone astray
Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.?
?Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn??
?They are pierced tonight by many a thorn;
They are pierced tonight by many a thorn.?

And all through the mountains, thunder riven
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad cry to the gate of Heaven,
?Rejoice! I have found My sheep!?
And the angels echoed around the throne,
?Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!
Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!?

Are they not enough for thee? ;Is it ‘good’ or ‘good enough?’ Thank you Lord for not saying it was good enough when I was not in the fold. Help me to never say ‘good enough’ when with you I can do good.

So I know good is not perfect, but watch the idea.  Good or good enough?

I pose this question to everyone. Is what your doing in your life, your job, the organization you are involved with good or good enough?

Usually when I would say that to one of the yearbook staff the reply would be, do you want me to change it? To which I would reply, again, ‘is it good or good enough?’ The sigh of frustration would follow, they knew what they should do, but really wanted someone to tell them yes fix it, do it over, do it right. If you feel like them, and me, you might want someone to tell you ‘yes, do it better.’

We sang this song on Wednsday in the song service chapel. It is another example of when one is attentive they can be blessed at anytime not matter how redundant a song service or other can seem.

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