Sometimes when we have had a measure of success as we have at the Bridge, and as things become familiar, we tend to do things ‘good enough.’ We drift into mediocrity. The way to keep mediocrity from happening is to choose excellence in all we do. So for 2016, I declared it would be ‘A Year of Excellence’ in my life and in the life of the Bridge.
Excellence is not perfection; it is doing your best for the glory of God. The word for glory in Hebrew literally means the manifest excellence of God. To be intentional, choosing excellence rather than mindless, habitual routine, would take ministry to a new level, and that can bring glory to God. What would happen in our families, community and ministries if we decided to do everything with excellence? If we chose to relate with excellence toward our family, friends and co-workers, it would revolutionize the culture of our church and change our own lives for the better.
What is the Road to Excellence, and how do we get there?
As you know, I have been preaching a series on this subject. First and foremost we need to have a conviction that God is worthy of our best. Secondly, apply the 1% rule, which is to begin that change with a 1% adjustment. If you try for a goal of change that is too large and you fail, it is much easier to give up. Instead, commit to changing in 1% increments so that each success inspires more success and you keep going.
In light of that, here are my five Ps of starting on the Road to Excellence:
- Purpose – Decide that God deserves excellence and then purpose to bring it into every area of your life. A strong conviction can help you press on when opposition knocks at your door.
- Preparation – You may have to remove obstacles and distractions in your life. For example, if you want to be more excellent about your service in the church, you may need to make the hard decision to let go of some other activities. Also, clutter in our lives can keep us from excellence because it steals our focus. If we don’t focus on God, our understanding of His ways won’t grow.
- Participate – I have a concept called ‘the power of presence.’ Fifty percent of excellence is showing up, being involved. If you commit to doing something, do it. Be present and ready to contribute. Let your yes be yes.
- Presentation – How you present something says a lot about how much you care about it. What people see tells them a lot about what you value. In our church family, the simplest expressions of gratitude and kindness – a spoken word, a card, a smile – says you care and ultimately shows excellence. People feel valued.
- Perspiration – When you feel like it is just too hard to be excellent and you have hit a wall, give it one more try. Nothing worth achieving is free; it always has a cost. It takes work, sweat equity, to build meaningful relationships. It takes our best effort but remember that through Christ you can do immeasurably more than you can hope or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
As I have started on the Road to Excellence at the Bridge, I have seen something remarkable happen. It has inspired many here to start on the road with me. I have seen my excellence improve in every area of my life. I find myself doing little things I might not have done before and it has added so much quality to my expression of love and value to our church family.
Are you ready to start down the Road to Excellence and bring excellence into the Bridge? I hope so. In the coming weeks, I will be writing a series on the subject based on the speaking series I am doing. I will share specifics on how we can walk this road together, and will be including testimonies of how it is going. So go for it, and let us know how it is impacting you and those around you.
Follow this link to see the road so far... The Road to Excellence