Topic: The Rewards of Excellence
Every good choice brings a reward and, unfortunately, so does every bad choice.
The rewards of excellence are wonderful. I
recall a woman who told me she had listened to my teaching on excellence and integrity and that it had totally changed her
approach to life. She said she’d had no teaching in this area previously and had no idea how mediocre and subpar she was.
She thanked me and said, “It was challenging at first, but becoming excellent has changed my whole life.”
When we are excellent, we feel better about ourselves.
We have confidence that we are doing what God would want us to do. We become a good example to other people. This is
especially important for parents to model in front of their children. It is important for those who are in leadership of any kind to set this example for all those under their authority.
A woman sent in this testimony regarding how her decision to be excellent affected her.
Just a testimony of how God gave me the
“opportunity” to apply your teaching this morning
on television, to a situation in my life this
afternoon. This was in regard to your talking
about how God dealt with you about being
excellent and always cleaning up your messes.
I was taking out my recycling cans and
glasses to the community receptacle, and as I went
to open the lid, the paper bag in my hand ripped
and a glass jar dropped to the cement floor and
shattered. I was real tempted to pick up the big
pieces and leave the little dangerous mess. All
sorts of excuses immediately raced through my
mind. “I shouldn’t leave the baby alone. I’m so
tired. I have a broom, but I don’t know where the
dustpan is. It is hot outside.” However, your
teaching was too fresh in my mind; so I told my
feet to take my flesh back up to my apartment to
get the broom and dustpan and clean up my mess.
The nice thing about cleaning up the mess was the freedom of just forgetting about the whole thing once I chose the more excellent way.
Her excellence was rewarded with peace in her heart. I think peace is one of the greatest rewards we receive when we make an effort to do things the way we know they should be done and don’t compromise and do a little less than we
know is right. It is wonderful not to feel condemned by what we allow ourselves to do.
Sometimes the feelings of guilt or
lack of peace are vague, but they are nonetheless present and they disturb our freedom.
The name Stradivarius is synonymous with fine violins.
This is because Antonio Stradivari insisted that no instrument constructed in his shop be sold until it was as near perfection
(excellence) as human skill and care could make it. Stradivari observed, “God needs violins to send His music into the world,
and if any violins are defective God’s music will be spoiled.”
His work philosophy was summed up in one sentence: “Other men will make other violins, but no man shall make a better
Stradivari had a commitment to excellence because he wanted to do his best for God. His reward is that his violins are still known worldwide today as being the best.