The First step toward excellence is to be grateful for the gifts and opportunities God has given.
The Second step is Humility “Who then am I” Solomon said, “To build a Temple for Him?” Remember who’s really in charge.
"The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for Him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain Him? Who then am I to build a temple for Him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before Him?” 2 Chronicles 2:5-6
Calling ourselves Christian should automatically entail commitment to excellence. Sadly, this is not always the case. Far to often we use being Christian as an excuse for being less than excellence. This is tragic and reflects poorly on the One we love and serve.
We are not called to compete with others. We are only called to “give our best to the Master.” A place to begin is in three very simple areas of our lives.
Speak when we are spoken to. This means returning our phones calls and answering our mail as soon as possible with answer someone needs. Remember, Jesus never puts anyone on hold, never said, “I’ll get back to you on that.” His level of responsiveness should be our goal.
Don’t Lie. This means what we say we will do. It means showing up on time. It means accomplishing a task when we say we will. It also means don’t start your statement with “This is the Truth,” because to me everything else must have been a lie. Excellence means being careful with the truth.
Say Thanks. Of all the people on the planet, Christians have the most for which to be thankful. We should be the most proficient and prolific at saying THANK YOU.
Excellence doesn’t mean being better than everyone else, just being your best.
You may not feel like you have the time to do everything Well.
But doing everything well is what time is for.
Here's my prayer: "Lord your word says if we draw near to you you will draw near to us Jas 4:8. As we commit ourselves to faithfully doing that, may you fill us with your immeasurable, priceless, glory-filled presence. We are hungering and thirsting for you. Amen."