Measure of good

Posted: 11th August 2013 by iBarnabas in journaling
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Good-vs.-Great I want to be good.

There was (maybe it still is) a poster in the locker room of the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Team that said,

‘Good is the enemy of Great’.

Of course I’d like to be ‘great’ but I figure ‘good’ is a logical step between where I’ve been and ‘great.’ How to take those steps, toward being ‘GOOD’ ?

Its not so much that I struggle to not be bad, but that I earnestly want to be ‘good’. I want to be a good husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and friend. I want to be a good employee, boss, leader, and man of integrity. I want to be a good learner, and wise teacher, an approachable man and spiritual soldier. A generous man of mercy and thoughtful man of discernment. A man of encouragement and wise council, trust-worthy and steady.

I want to be this man and work hard toward these lofty goals. The struggle is not having a clear image of who this man is; what I might look like or be when I may arrive. A number on a scale is an easy measure but what is the measure of a good man?

Seek and strive, struggle and sustain. Inch forward and scratch for lost ground. Use criticism and discipline as means for change.

These I vow,

these I would,

in my journey

to be good.


The true measure of a man is what he would do if he knew he would never be caught.
~ Lord Kelvin

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
~ Samuel Johnson