by Daniel Rodgers

When Your Best Just Isn’t Good Enough
Dan Rodgers
Proverbs 20:24
Sunday, June 25, 2006

TEXT: Proverbs 20:24, Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

ILLUS: Last Sunday, I was able to follow a little of the US Open. Along with millions of others, I watched in disbelief, as Phil Mickelson blew a 2-point lead, giving the title to 27-year old Geoff Ogilvy of Australia.

If Mickelson had won the Open, he would have joined Tiger Woods by winning his third straight major. But it was not to be…. On the 18th hole, Mikelson was ahead by 2 strokes. His tee shot was terrible; he miffed his second shot, and his third shot landed him deep in a bunker. Mickelson wound up with a double-bogie, one stroke behind Ogilvy. In his own words, he said, "I still am in shock that I did that. I just can’t believe that I did that," I am such an idiot."1


The title of our message is: "When Your Best Just Isn’t Good Enough." Now the question is; did Mickelson play his best? The answer is, No! But, did Mickelson give it his best—did he try his best to win? Of course! And yet, he lost. This is where I want to take our message this morning.

There are times in life when we know we have done our best. We worked hard, we prayed, we exercised faith and patience--we just knew that somehow our efforts would pay off. It may have been a marriage going sour, but in spite of best efforts, things never turned around. Maybe it was an opportunity for advancement in our career, but someone else got the position. It wasn’t that we were not qualified or that we didn’t do our best to earn the spot, things simply didn’t happen the way we had hoped they would.

Most of us here this morning can remember situations or incidents in our lives when we thought things would go a certain way. We had done everything humanly possible to make it happen; however, to our disappointment, the results we had hoped for were unrealized and un ...

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