Just for today: excellence NOT Perfection.

Am I ready to daily practice excellence?

I’ve been thinking about being excellent. Not in a perfectionistic way. But in doing my best in all areas of living. Charles Stanley has said for years “Do your best, Be your best, Look your best”  maybe not in that order…. I can’t recall. But I always scoffed at the “look your best” part. I latched on to the one admonition I wasn’t sure of and ignored the other two. Sure I heard what he said, but I took no real interest in it. 

This past week, I received at least four messages about personal excellence. There were 2 emails that contained this idea. There was a YouTube personality talking about it. And it was covered in a book I am reading on a different subject. Then today I got the verse of the day which reads:

1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Whatever I do? ( I guess that covers looking my best as well LOL) But seriously-– EVERYTHING?

That is a show stopper.

I could end this post right here and we would all have PLENTY to reflect on…plenty to work on for today. To continue on though, I did a search on what the Bible says about being excellent and here are a few of the verses:

Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Titus 2:7  Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works,
2 Corinthians 8:7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Its a big job but we can work towards it. It will be possible to do our best. The Bible also says:

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

We are not called to be perfect… oh wait…yes, we are. Jesus says: Matthew 5:4 New Living Translation But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

This post is not about perfection. I am nowhere near that. I am just now reading older books about the Holiness movement. Sometimes it seems their standards were so high that it would require me to be vigilant at all times. It kinda seems exhausting just reading about it.

Before I could get too overwhelmed with standards I am not reaching yet,  I heard this week, on the YouTube video,  that our best is going to look different on different days. When we are grieving or depressed or anxious– our best may not be at the same level as on a day where things are going smooth and feeling great.  That I believe is the difference between being excellent and doing our best  vs. being perfect, We can always do our best, whatever that is, even if we do not reach perfection.

Just for today let us consider where we could step up our game. Can we show up as a better partner or parent? Can we give more on the job? Is there a way to be of service or help another person? How is my honesty? Do I display joy and am I an attraction to Christianity? IF someone looked at my life — would they be interested to find out where I get my joy, strength, and peace? Does it draw people to the Lord Jesus Christ?

Just something to think on.

Until Next Time~ Blessings, Kate