“Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
Striving to live a life of excellence is possible when we begin to understand and act out the passage above. Don’t work just for your boss or for a paycheck. Instead, work for God. When we love your family and show true friendship and kindness to others, it’s as if we are doing that for Jesus too! When our focus is on God in whatever we do, we are living out His exciting purpose for us. That’s why God wants us to put our whole heart into everything we do . . . every day. And when we give our best effort for God, He promises to reward us. Our life can be transformed by practicing this very basic principle of seeking to please and honor God in all we do.
You can probably think of many times in which you simply did not give your best effort or didn’t really try very hard. We all sometimes choose to be lazy and not try – and that is partly because of our human imperfections. As with anything else, striving for excellence becomes easier as we develop the habit of looking into the details. Sometimes the smallest thing can give the biggest impact. “That’s alright” or “This is good enough” or “It is okay” shouldn’t be in our vocabulary if we were to practice excellence. At the end of every task, we should be saying, “I did the best I could.” and if we are to do the same task again sometime, we need to ask ourselves, “What should I do to make it better?”.
It is no secret that great achievers always strive to be better. They never settle for comfort. A wise friend of mine once told me that when you feel comfortable, that’s an indication that you need to step up and reach higher. Look for discomfort so you are constantly growing and improving. Another powerful thing to practice is, delivering more than what is asked for. Just one step further, maybe a couple – and it makes a huge difference.
I challenge you to think of excellence this coming week. When you are done with a task, do just one thing to make it better. Try to do this in every little thing. For example, when you clean up your house in the weekend, add some fresh flowers or light a scented candle. If you have friends coming over and you offer them some refreshments, scatter some chocolates on the tray. You get my point. I promise you that if you do, you’ll feel much better about yourself by the end of the week.
Have a great weekend and please let me know how it goes…