Sometimes Good is Good Enough

Reading: Ether 2

In this life we are free to make our own choices. God has given us our agency and no one can take it from us. The choices we make can sometimes be right, and sometimes wrong. Many of our choices, though, are a choice between options that are only slightly better or worse than each other or even the same.

For example, in Ether 2 God commanded the Brother of Jared to build his ships in a certain way. The Brother of Jared could choose to obey God, which would be right, or disobey God, which would be wrong.  However, when it came to how to get light into the ships God asked the Brother of Jared to come up with his own solution. In Ether 2:22-23 it says:

And he cried again unto the Lord saying: O Lord, behold I have done even as thou hast commanded me; and I have prepared the vessels for my people, and behold there is no light in them. Behold, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that we shall cross this great water in darkness? And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels?

In this situation the Brother of Jared could have come up any number of solutions to the light problem.  What he decided to do was to molten several small stones and ask God to touch them so that they would illuminate the boats.  However, he probably could have come up with several similar solutions that also could have worked.

Lately I have been getting hung up on the idea that every choice I make has a wrong answer or a right answer. Often, this just isn’t the case. For example, there is no one “right” thing to make for dinner or one “right” activity to do with my daughter.  There are many examples in the scriptures of when men of God were asked to do something, but then left to themselves to decide the way they should do it. I have been asked to take care of my family but many of the specifics are left to me. In these situations trying to figure out what is exactly “right” can lead to undue stress and confusion.

Today as I make decisions I am going to remind myself to be happy with “good” and not stress myself out looking for “best” when there may not be one “best” answer.

Do you ever have the problem of getting hung up on what is “best” when there really isn’t one best answer? Can you think of choices we make that may have many good answers, but no one obvious best answer?


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