. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ―Aristotle

Daily Devotional

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Excellence is what wins in any environment, not mediocrity or average. It was excellence in warfare that caused Abishai to single handedly fight and defeat 300 men in 2 Samuel 23:18. Daniel’s excellence in interpreting dreams allowed him to not only interpret the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, but prior to that tell him the dream that he had in Daniel 2. It was Moses’ excellence in using his God given authority, in Exodus 15 that caused the Red Sea to be parted.

Excellence is not only applicable to spiritual matters, but is used by natural men to good effect. Apple is winning in the cell phone market because the IPhone is superior to the competing brands. Chick-fil-A, owned by Christian entrepreneurs, dominates the fast food market in the USA because their excellence exceeds that of competitors. Michael Jordan is regarded by many as the greatest basketball player of all time because he brought excellence every time he stepped on the court.

The key understanding that you must possess is that excellence is a divine law that if used by spiritual or natural men will produce good fruit. It is for that reason that 1 Corinthians 10:31 says whatsoever you do whether you eat or drink, do all to his glory. The instruction being given by the scripture is to do everything that you do with excellence starting with the small things. Very often our focus on excellence is directed at the big things, but excellence is a habit that must start with the little things. It is by doing the little things well that we are entrusted with the big things.

Start by making excellence your goal in every arena. Then follow through by acting in accordance to Ecclesiastics 9:10, which says “whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”  Live out excellence giving your best or doing it with all your might, whether it be ministry, work, relationships or play.

Life Application: Set a high standard of excellence for yourself and give everything that you do your best.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to operate with excellence in all that I do and say. Help me not to accept mediocrity as an option at any point, but to give my all in all things. In Jesus name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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