“90 percent perfect and published always changes more lives than 100 percent perfect and in your head.” Jon Acuff
This quotation was the genesis of this blog. I published my first post about three years ago. In it, I wrote about how I often feel like I should be perfect at what I do before I do it.
The problem is, we’re never going to be perfect. And the things we make will never be perfect.
What we can do is make something really really good, that can help people, that can make lives better and draw them closer to Christ. And then, even when it’s not perfect, we can put it out there for the world to see.
I didn’t want to start writing for people to see because I didn’t think I had the education necessary. I didn’t think I was smart enough, or old enough.
But then I did it. I started writing this blog, and have gotten a lot of great feedback. People telling me the things I’ve shared have made them think, changed their perspective.
It has been great. But I first had to realize that I’m not meant to be perfect. And it doesn’t take perfection to make something great.
Now, there’s something else I’ve been thinking about for a long time, and didn’t realize I was making this same mistake all over again.
I’ve dreamed of doing one for a long time. But I always thought it would be years and years from now, when I was more established, or smarter, or had a couple degrees or... something.
But then I started talking to Jeff Voth, a mentor of mine. (I interviewed him on the podcast. You should listen.) Jeff, you should know, is a dreamer. He loves coming up with great ideas and pushing people to accomplish them. So, we began talking about this idea of a conference and decided we wanted to do it together.
He has done one for his ministry for several years now, and it has been incredibly successful — drawing hundreds for a retreat-style conference in the middle of Oklahoma. So I decided that if I was ever going to do it, now would be the time to start, when I’ve got someone to go to for advice, that has done it successfully himself, and really believes in the idea.
So, I’m moving past my feelings of inadequacy, and we’re doing it.
But, I don’t want to do a conference just to do it. I want to be intentional about it. I want to be smart about it.
So it’s not going to be your typical apologetics or theology conference. It’s not going to be your typical Christian conference in general.
We’re going to have fun. We’re going to have some great talks. And we’re going to do it really really well.
And because of that, you won’t leave like you do a normal conference. You’re going to leave inspired, educated, and equipped to actually implement the things you learn.
So, if you haven’t already, check out the website. I’m super excited about this. And you don't have much time left to register.
I really hope you can join us. And bring a friend, or five. I promise you it will be worth it.
Go to thedbsconference.com to register.
And remember, “90 percent perfect and published always changes more lives than 100 percent perfect and in your head.” Don’t delay something that might make a difference. Even when imperfect, it’s better than never done.