In life, the choice we have to make is not always between the good and the bad. Often, it’s between the good and the great.
If you’re married, you could focus on keeping the marriage together, or you could focus on building a great marriage.
If you’re a parent, you could concentrate on getting your kids raised, or you could concentrate on raising great kids.
In your professional life, you could devote yourself to career advancement, or you could devote yourself to making a difference in people’s lives.
In every area of life there are bad things you can do, good things you can do, and great things you can do. Most of the people who read this blog are probably not going to choose the bad things…at least I hope not. But when it comes right down to it, are we going to choose the great things? That’s the critical question.
Ward Kimball was one of the animators that worked on the original Snow White movie. He told about how he worked for 240 days to create a 4 ½ minute sequence in which the dwarfs made soup for Snow White and destroyed the kitchen in the process. When Walt Disney saw it, he belly laughed. He thought it was hilariously funny. And then he gave the order to edit it out of the film. Why? Because he felt that, even though it was funny, it stopped the momentum of the story and diminished the overall quality of the movie. He said that his priority was to make a great movie, not just to create a series of funny scenes.
That’s what made Walt Disney so great. He had extremely talented people working for him so he didn’t have to choose between good and bad very often. However, he had to choose between good and great on a daily basis, and his ability to do that consistently explains his success.
Let me show you an interesting statement that Jesus made.
In John 15:8, he said, “When you produce much fruit, you are my disciples. This brings great glory to my father.”
Notice 2 words in that verse: “much” and “great.” Jesus did not say, “My true disciples produce fruit. This brings glory to my father.” Instead, he said, “My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my father.”
You see, our challenge as disciples is not just to produce, but to produce much. It’s not just to do good, but to do great. And in order to do that, our priorities must be absolutely in the correct order. It’s not enough just to choose the good over the bad. If we want to be all that God intends for us to be, we’ve got consistently choose the great over the good.