Striving for Faithfulness

Let me put this out there in full disclosure: I am a bit overwhelmed!

There is a lot going on right now, with Israel and pregnancy and grad school and upcoming trips and Will being gone a lot this summer. I feel like I'm constantly needing to be doing or planning and I feel the pressure to be fully present in every aspect, when it seems impossible some days.

I was talking to Will about what things I was working on for school, and how I was worried about doing well on a certain project, and he reminded me of something I promised him back when I applied for grad school: I'm striving for faithfulness, not excellence.

That is hard, y'all! I want to make all A's. I want to be the best mommy, to be a great cook and to have a clean house. But I can't do it all. There are things that won't be perfect and my life outcome is not shaped by excellence but faithfulness. Am I faithful to do what is most important? Am I making the right things priorities, and not ignoring what priceless things, like my family, are before me?

I think I need to tattoo this on my hands or make it my screen saver: FAITHFULNESS NOT EXCELLENCE!!! Who's with me?


  1. I needed to hear this! Thank you! We are a little over a month into our adoptive placement. We went from no kids to 2, overnight. I've been so overwhelmed lately trying to do it all. I'll be putting this phrase all over the house!

  2. Thank you! I needed to hear this so badly! I'm with you! :)

  3. I love that! Faithfulness, not excellence. I might have to write that down. :)


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