“But everything should be done in afitting and orderly way.”
(1 Corinthians 14:40 NIV)
“Let all things be done decently andin order.” This scripture got methinking about “excellence”.
Excellence distinguishes the men from the boys.It separates the high-flyerfrom the mediocre.It marks the difference between celebrated men and tolerated men.
Excellence – a journey, not a destination; an attitude,not an attainment.
The world hates the demands of excellence yet respects it when ondisplay. Why? Excellence and convenience are strange bed-fellows. The twoare mutually exclusive. It is true: Those whopursue convenience never attain the heights of excellence!
Excellence is not an event, it is a person. It isn’t what you do,but who youare that impacts what you do!
Excellence is not a function of where you are but who you are!
Excellence is not about what you have but it shows in what you do withwhat you have!
Excellence is not what you do but how you do what you do!
Excellence is that touch of gold, the spirit, and the attitudeof heart that permeates all you do.
Excellence is a passion, a consummate desire to do smallthings in bigways. Excellence it is, that does commonthings in uncommonways. Excellence it is, that does the ordinarywith an extratouch.
The mundaneacquires the status of importance when a person of excellence doesit. Excellence affects our “being”before our “doing”.
This is missing yet in a lot of places in our nation today. But I seethe dawn of a new day! Because as Booker T. Washington wrote in his book, “Up fromSlavery”, “Norace can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling afield as in writing a poem.”
It reminds me of a story: After several attempts and defeats, AbrahamLincoln eventually became the president of the United States. On his first dayin office, President Lincoln entered the Congress to give his inaugural speech.Just in the middle, one man stood up. He was a rich aristocrat. He said, “Mr.Lincoln, you should not forget that your father used to make shoes for myfamily”. The whole assembly laughed; they thought they had made a fool ofAbraham Lincoln. But Lincoln and these types of people are made of a totallydifferent material.
Lincoln looked at the man and said, “Sir, Iknow that my father used to make shoes in your house for your family and therewill be many others here too…. Because the way he made shoes, nobody else can.He was a creator. His shoes were not just shoes; he poured his whole soul intoit. I want to ask you, have you any complaint? Because I know how to make shoesmyself, if you have any complaint I can make another pair of shoes. But as faras I know, nobody has ever complained about my father’s shoes. He was a genius,a great creator and I am proud of my father.”
|“His shoes were not just shoes; he poured his whole soul into it.”
The whole gathering was struck dumb. They could not understand whatkind of man Abraham Lincoln was. He had made shoe-making an art, creativity.And he was proud because his father did the job so well that not even a singlecomplaint had ever been heard.
That was excellence on display. Whatever you touch becomes gold. Yousee, what John W. Gardner said is true: “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing becauseplumbing is a humble activity, and tolerate shoddiness in philosophy becausephilosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor goodphilosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water”.
Whenexcellence becomes your way of life, whatever you touch becomes gold. YOU WILLSUCCEED!