Excellence requires faith. It is the highest achievement that commands respect and admiration from others. As great as this may sound, being excellent also means hard work, dedication, and perseverance. The reward, however, makes it all worth it. An excellent person is a role model for others and someone that they look up to. Let’s explore further how this can be a blessing.
The Benefits of Striving for Excellence
One significant reward of striving to be the best is becoming a role model for others. When you reach a level of brilliance, others look to you for inspiration and guidance, and that can be a great responsibility. “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,” Titus 2:7 ESV
Another benefit is having a head start in new pursuits. If you are outstanding in one area, it’s easier to continue building on that foundation and make progress in another area. Consistency and improvement are also key components when trying to become the best version of yourself.
The Responsibility of Being Excellent
While striving for greatness is rewarding, it also comes with certain responsibilities. Being excellent means working a little harder, staying a little longer, and pushing a bit further than the rest. It means giving up the comfort zone for a higher purpose. In other words, remaining steadfast when others have given up. Maintaining that level of excellence requires a constant effort to stay on top of your game and continuously improve. This may sound like a lot but there is more.
The Connection Between Faith and Excellence
Faith is the driving force behind trying to be your best. Our belief in what awaits on the other side of this pursuit for excellence is what keeps us striving towards it. Faith gives us the strength and motivation to keep going, even when it’s tough. “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,” Philippians 1:9-10 NKJV.
Striving for excellence is not for the faint of heart. It can be a challenging and difficult journey, but the blessings that come with it are worth the effort. Holding tight to excellence and continuously striving towards it can bring immense rewards. The power of an excellent spirit and mind is evident in those who strive for excellence in faith. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 NKJV