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Thursday
May252017

Do All Things With Excellence

I love the wisdom books of the Bible because I find such practical thoughts for everyday living. For example:

Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatever you do, do it well.”

Of course no one does anything to perfection, but we should strive to live life with a mindset that whatever we do, we will do it to the best of our ability. That not only means the things we do with our abilities, it also means the way we treat others, starting with our families. Today I had a conversation with a relative who has been estranged from his family for several years. He seemed to have a good reason to justify it, but I think the goal of living an excellent life is not justifying our divisions, but the goal is to be a healer in areas where there is a breach of trust. When we are discovering things to do well in our lives, one area where we all need help is in our relationships. People are always getting upset with others, sometimes over such small differences. We live in a broken world and that means what people do and say are also broken. We can always justify how hurt and wounded we are but that is not living out a life of excellence. A few blog posts ago I wrote about excuses and how we always justify why we didn’t do something or talk to someone. The usual excuse is, “I have been so busy that I just didn’t have time.”  That is usually the biggest lie on earth. It is just an excuse, because if you really want to do something you will prioritize it and get it done.  Most excuses are lies, and if you are honest you will agree with me. The honest answer is, “I just didn’t feel like doing it, so I didn’t.”  Living a life of excellence isn’t being perfect, it is being honest. When someone starts a conversation with an excuse, a justification, or any deflection from what is really going on, that person does not understand how to live a life of excellence. 

Living life with the integrity to do it well means you must not use excuses to escape an honest response.  That is why Jesus told us to leave the gifts we have brought to God at the altar and quickly go settle any disputes someone has with you.

Matthew 5:24 leave your gift before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

 

God is concerned about our relationships because they will define how we love Him. Did you get that? Re-read it because that sentence is the most important thought in this blog posting.

I think this is the most overlooked spiritual teaching today in the church. People want to become spiritual so they study the Bible, go to classes, sometimes even seminary, and yet they failed the biggest test of all.  How am I doing with my relationships with people?

1 John 4:20 “For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

In order to live a life of excellence you have to discover how to love God and people at the same time, because your relationship with one will affect the other.

Love has no excuses or justifications for why you can’t love people. If you don’t love people, I am sorry to inform you, you don’t love God.

“Whatever you find to do, do it well.”  That is a great assignment for all of us to add to our journey as we figure out how to live a life of excellence.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

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