Is your goal excellence?  If not, should it be?  What does it matter?  If you have ever wondered, it does matter.  Whether you are a volunteer, part-time, or full-time staff member, excellence should be your goal. 

Why should excellence be your goal?  Simple – because God calls us to excellence.  1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  If we are giving God all the glory, do we want to give Him the glory for our sloppiness?  For our bad grammar?  For our rudeness?  No, we want Him to have the best!

Let’s think about this just a moment. We could get real picky on certain things here and I don’t want to go there.  I want us to think about the quality of excellence.  Excellence is defined as “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.”  My definition is “the best of the best.”  I am continually asking myself, “How can I make this better?”  “How can I become the best at this?”  Let’s not think in a prideful manner, but in a manner that says you desire to serve Jesus by giving your best. That is excellence. 

When thinking of excellence, be careful not to confuse it with perfection.  There is a difference!  Perfection doesn’t leave room for mistakes.  Because we are all sinners, we are never going to achieve perfection.  It is best to leave it off your list now!  But we can achieve excellence by becoming extremely good at what we do.  And if what I do gives glory to God, I want it to be excellent!

By: Kate Huff, Ministry Coordinator, Central Wisconsin YFC

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