Be a Person of Excellence
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Many people want to do as little as they possibly can and still get by. But God did not create us to be mediocre. He doesn’t want us to just barely get by, or to do what everybody else is doing. God has called us to be people of excellence and integrity. Indeed, the only way to be truly happy is to live with excellence and integrity. Any hint of compromise will taint our greatest victories or our grandest achievements.
Remember: you represent Almighty God. How you live, how you conduct your business and do your work, is all a reflection on our God. If you want to live your best life now, start aiming for excellence in everything you do.
A person of excellence and integrity goes the extra mile to do what’s right. He keeps his word even when it’s difficult. People of excellence give their employers a full day’s work; they don’t come in late, leave early, or call in sick when they are not. When you have an excellence spirit, it shows up in the quality of your work, and the attitude with which you do it.
God’s people are people of excellence. Subtle compromises of excellence will keep us from God’s best. Whatever we do, we should give our best effort and do it as if we were doing it for God. If we’ll work with that standard in mind, God promises to reward us, and others will be attracted to our God.
A lot of people show up at work fifteen minutes late, then they wander around the office, go get some coffee, and finally get to their desk or workstation thirty minutes later. They spend half the day engaged in personal telephone calls, playing games, or sending jokes on the Internet, and then they wonder, God, why don’t You ever bless me? Why don’t I ever get a promotion?
There may be many factors, of course, but one thing is for sure: God doesn’t bless mediocrity; He bless excellence. If you’re stuck in a rut while others are being blessed and continuing to prosper and get ahead, consider whether the problem is one of your own making. Are you a person of excellence and integrity?
People say to me, “But Thế, everybody’s doing it. Everybody gets to work late at my office. Everybody surfs the Internet when the boss is gone. Everybody takes extra-long lunch breaks.” Maybe so, but you are not like everybody else! You are called to live a life of excellence. Start making the more excellent choices in every area of life, even in mundane matters such as paying your bills on time. Do a little bit more than you are required to do. If you are supposed to be at work at eight o’clock, get there ten minutes early and stay ten minutes late. Go the extra mile. Don’t go out looking unkempt, undisciplined, sloppy, and less than your best!
Friend, in everything you do, attempt to represent God well!