This morning I am asking the question of myself, “How do I measure excellence?”  Words that are bouncing around my head are passion, effort, follow-through, hard work, determination, responsibility, and enthusiasm. Every one of these Divine Ideas is a component of excellence and a necessary ingredient toward a life that is growing and making a difference. Every theologian and spiritual teacher throughout history has encouraged us to take regular stock of our lives, so I believe there are questions that merit being asked.

ExcellenceAm I bringing my best to life?  To myself?  To others?  To the tasks before me?  Am I giving just enough or going above and beyond?  Am I surviving or thriving?  Am I engaged in a growing spiritual path or have I become okay with status quo?  Am I satisfied with ‘good enough’ or am I living in an environment where the bar is continually raised? The answers to these questions is no one’s business but our own, but I believe it is important spiritual practice to make the inquiries.

As I read biblical scripture it seems to me to be one long and very consistent challenge to bring my best to the table.  The stories of Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac, and every reluctant prophet ask us to dig deep and offer our best.  Jesus asks us to love God with all our heart and soul, and St. Paul counsels us to live heartily for God.  These examples and many more offer a picture of the way life works.  Excellence in, excellence out!

If any of us are to realize the full extent of what is possible in this life, we are called to make giving 100 percent a regular practice!  I encourage us all too fully express the life we have been given, not for reward or praise, but for the satisfaction of knowing we are using the full potential of the creative power with which we have been gifted.  In the exercise, a more excellent connection with the Infinite will always be realized.

In Revelation we hear the words, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”  Today I will take responsibility and answer the door with great passion.  I will take the enthusiastic steps to do what is mine to do and greet life with all the hard work, effort, determination, and follow-through it deserves!  As I do, I dine at the most fulfilling banquet table of God!

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