Excellence is an attitude not an ability
I walk into an unusually tidy bedroom to see one of my daughters. “Wow, you’re room looks great.” I commented surprisingly. She explained that mom had said she couldn’t leave her room until it was clean. “How long have you been up here working?” I inquired. “Oh, not long.” she replied. The Sherlock Holmes in me became instantly interested. “Not long” I thought. “Not long! I’ve seen this room.” I investigated the closet. The door was pushed out off the track and it was nearly impossible to open, even for me. I then noticed several items of close and toys protruding from under her bed. You know what happened next. I proceeded to explain that stuffing piles into the closet and under the bed wasn’t what her mother had in mind when she used the word ‘cleaning’. Over the whines and objections I calmly and loving instructed about doing your best, doing things with excellence. I don’t think she got it but neither did I, the first hundred times my mom explained it to me. “Sometimes you do the right thing just because it’s the right thing.” my mother with exclaim in response to my “But Whyyyyyyyy?”
Doing things with excellence is an attitude. It’s about personal pride in a job well done. It’s about knowing you answer to a higher standard than most. “I don’t care what others kids do…” my mom would teach, “we don’t behave that way.”
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. – Colossians 3:23
When you’re on your job, in you school, or serving at church. Do you best because you are working for God and because it’s the right thing.
My daughter can’t clean her room as well as adult and we don’t expect her to. We do however, expect her to give her best effort. God doesn’t say we have to BE the best; we just have to give God our best. He’ll make up the lack to multiply it. After all, He’s never been impressed with our ability, but He is keenly concerned about our attitude.
This Sunday at House of Praise, (www.NoPerfectPeopleHERE.com) we’ll look at Giving God Your Best. I hope to see you there.