One of my favorite lines in the movie “Courageous” is…“I don’t want to be a ‘good enough’ father.” That is how I feel as a musician. Last night at practice I felt like a ‘good enough’ musician. This morning I found that justifying myself was a waste of time.
Ecclesiastes 7:20, “Surely there is not a righteous man upon earth who does good and never sins. [Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23]”
To sin is to ‘miss the mark,’ like missing the bull’s eye in archery.
“Referring to v. 16. Be not self-righteous, seek not to make thyself ‘just’ before God by a superabundance of self-imposed performances; ‘for true wisdom,’ or ‘righteousness,’ shows that there is not a just man.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I
I went back and reread verse 16.
Ecclesiastes 7:16, “Be not [morbidly exacting and externally] righteous overmuch, neither strive to make yourself [pretentiously appear] otherwise – why should you [get puffed up and] destroy yourself [with presumptuous self-sufficiency].”
I have been spanked!
I had planned on playing the songs, with the bands on the internet, five times today…or until I played them perfectly. But I leave for ladies retreat in a few hours and I still have to pack, do laundry, make a grocery list, etc. After reading today’s verses, I will play them each once or twice and leave the rest up to God.