In college, there are two types of students; the student that excels in their academics and extracurricular activities, and the student that just scrape by. You might not be in college, but which type of student represents you? Are you content with scraping by in life, are you content with mediocrity or are you the student that yearns to achieve all that is in store? I need you to reflect on this question, which path are you really walking on? Do you know how to be excellent?
Laziness and Contentment
I find that sometimes we get lackluster and content with the place we are at. It can be very easy to be monotonous, solemn, and lackluster; to live a life of unhealthy contentment should not be our goal. God is an excellent God and has big and extraordinary plans for everyone. Ask yourself how badly you want to be successful, how bad do you want to maintain that relationship, attend that school, pay of that debt? Whatever it is, how much work are you willing to put in to achieve it?
The laziness and unhealthy contentment that you feel is Satan distracting you from the purpose that God has for you. Remember that Satan steals, kills and destroys. Every time you decide to not live out your fullness, Satan smiles knowing that he is one step closer to separating you from your God-designed purpose. If you get anything out of this post, it’s to not let Satan win! FOCUS and keep your eyes on the prize. There are some of you that already know the calling on your life, GREAT! Allow God to help you run towards that calling. For those of you that do not know what your calling is, press on, God will tell you at his appointed time.
This time of year generally brings out the laziness in people. Everyone is excited for the Holidays; people start daydreaming about break during work. Students become idle with their classes and calculate the lowest grade they need on finals to pass the class, STOP THAT. God doesn’t want you to pass life; he wants you to excel in it. After all, we pray, “ on earth as it is in heaven”. It is possible to have heaven on earth, how bad do you want it? How to be excellent in an imperfect world?
How To Be Excellent
At this point, you might be wondering what it means to live a life of excellence. The bible says “ whatever your hands find to do verily, do it with all your might.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) What does this mean? WHATEVER you choose to do, do it with excellence because we serve an excellent God. Jesus is no longer here so we are the representation of God on this earth. If we want to show people that we serve an excellent God then we must also learn how to be excellent.
Don’t treat your body like it’s waste, treat it with excellence. Stop spending too much time on social media; instead pick up a book that will nourish your mind so that you will be able to reach your fullest potential. Stop arriving to work late, even if it is 2 minutes, late is late. Organize your schedule and learn to prioritize. Be excellent in your friendships and relationships; Don’t be the lazy friend that doesn’t make any effort. Stop giving a fraction of your time to God and expect him to give a lot of himself to you.
Excellence Is Not Synonymous With Perfection
Work with excellence, study with excellence, love with excellence, and pursue God with excellence. Let’s be reminded that this is possible because excellence is not synonymous to perfection. We strive for excellence knowing that we can never be perfect but can achieve great things when we obey God’s comands. When we fail, we pick ourselves back up without being hard on ourselves knowing that God never expected us to be perfect and succeed in all things. The blood shed on the cross has taken the burden of perfection, but it does not take away our ability to chase excellence.
We are now in December; I challenge you to organize yourself and allow God to give you power and strength to be excellent. Take the time to reflect on your performance at the end of each week. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but yearn for more. End the year with a bang!