Have you ever wondered why some people, groups, organizations or churches seem to settle for sub-standards, average, mediocrity? It is a sad thing when as a people, a country or a nation, we settle for average, just because it takes too much effort, or time or maybe some measure of conflict; we prefer just doing what is the mere necessities.
I believe that the God who created the universe, shows excellence in his handy work. The galaxies are not average, the seas, lakes and rivers are not average. The natural wonders of the world, they are not average and man and his ability to create and to produce is nothing close to average. And yet we allow ourselves to settle in the pit of mediocrity.
Perhaps God wants you to be an agent of change or an agent of excellence. Next time you are planning that church activity or staff meeting or community outreach programme or whatever it may be, seek to influence others to do their best, to invest their time and resources for maximum results.
Next time you are responsible for chairing a meeting, do not begin to prepare just a few days before, it would be difficult to give of your best. Think about the ambiance you wish to create in the room, think about the objective of the meeting and what needs to be accomplish; you must allow yourself thinking space if you ought to be adequately prepared. You see, God expects that anything (that which is good of course) we put our hands to, we do it with all our might, we must always seek to do our best.
We often hold back, because those around us, those on our team are often critical of us when we begin to show the potential for greater. When we are seeking for excellence, others may interpret it as being “fussy”, “a perfectionist” or “plain show-off”. While you cannot evade such critics entirely, you can seek to be humble in your approach and share your vision with those who may be willing to listen; try to practice inclusion as much as possible. One thing you should not do however, is compromise on excellence. The time and effort expended will not be in vain, someone will be watching, someone will be inspired and receive courage to aim for excellence as well.
The darkness in our world is great, but it just means that light is needed everywhere. When we are connected to a God of excellence we desire excellence as well and we should not suppress that drive to experience better or to climb higher. We must understand that we are designed to walk in freedom, fulfilling our purpose on this earth and as we do so, we would emanate light, thereby expelling the darkness. When light enters, learning can take place, our understanding would increase, and our positive and creative juices would flow towards producing the unimaginable, that would lead to lives being transformed.
I long for God’s church to embrace excellence. Why do we settle for the broken sound system, the rusty chairs, the soiled gospel tracks and the poorly maintained church properties? Why do we settle for poorly managed churches, corruption in our finances and in our decisions, WHY? We possess so much within and yet we are happy with just towing the line. We often choose to be poor by our failure to walk by faith; we often think that righteous living is turning up for church every Sunday and looking pious. We forget that failure to do our best is also a sin, we forget that when we discourage someone else from doing their best, we are being a stumbling block in that person’s life.
But, we can do better! Yes, We Can!
Do you believe in the God of Excellence?
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