So you failed… Big Deal !
It’s not about Perfection, It’s About Progress !
We all fail daily and often times then not miserably at many things in life ! Is it the end of the world ? No ! Can it change your life forever ? Yes , it can ! We all make less then good choices daily that effect the rest of our life in some cases. They also effect those around us that we love. Sometime we can correct them and sometimes we can’t and just have to live with the consequences of our choices !
What is Excellence ?
Today: The quality of being outstanding or extremely good.
Synonyms: distinction, quality , superiority, preeminence, supremacy, skill, talent, virtuosity, accomplishment, mastery.
Do you see how the definition has changed ?
Archaic : An outstanding feature or quality.
From being one of something about you or a quality or character you posses to being something more you attain or do !
It definitely is something that set you apart from others !
How is it Measured ?
In most cases it is measured by how successful you are… or in the things you own or have attained in life. If one is successful it is often said they are ” Living the Life “. They may have a huge house, drive a new car, have an RV, take vacations several times a year and have money to do all that. And these are the things that make them happy in life ! The sad thing is that in reality happiness does not have anything to do with “stuff”.
I have often said
” I would rather be poor and happy, then rich and have nothing of real value “
Placing value in things that don’t last really doesn’t bring about happiness. It is but a fleeting momentary pleasure.
Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
It is in things that are lasting and not fading that we find contentment and great joy in life.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. I Timothy 6:6
Are you content ? How do you measure excellence ?
What in your life brings you happiness ?
Who Sets the Standard ?
The Government ? The World ? The Church ? You ? or God ?
The Government thinks that they can dictate a standard of what Excellent in standard for schooling children or adults. Sad thing is they offer no standard of excellence in the welfare system, that allows many who could work to sit and not work and still maintain a standard that they say is the least one should live in …
The World seems to set a standard of what they think is Excellence or a standard for Success and what it means. By owning or doing certain things you can attain that standard of living and find real joy they say… I don’t buy into that !
The Church is so worldly and the world so churchy… you can hardly see the difference right ? How do you tell the difference ? The same folks you see in church are the same ones you see at the bar, smoking, drinking, being unfaithful to their spouses and living to excess of riot, which isn’t suppose to be the case in those claiming to be ” Christians”
Everyone has their certain set standard of being a success or living the Excellent way..What is yours ? Whats Mine ? Do they measure up to God’s ?
God’s measure for Excellence…sounds huge, daunting at times doesn’t it… but is it ? Or do we just think that it entails a ton of rules and don’ts ? Let’s look at this OK…
The word translated “excellent” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word diaphero, which literally means “to transport” or “to differ” It has also been translated as best, vital , the better things and the highest and best. The Hebrew word translated “excel” is alah meaning ” to ascend.” (taken from the book ” Becoming a woman of Excellence “) words used to encourage us ” to carry above the norm ” or “to be different” thru the qualities of virtue and goodness. I like the way Cynthia puts that in this study…
Are we willing to go on to that which is considered above the normal standard of Excellence ?
In Ruth 3:11 Ruth is considered to be known as ” A Woman of Excellence”.
She is in my own words Bold, unafraid, fearless and she waited upon the Lord for what was her portion in life.
Are you those things ? Do you walk without fear ? Are you Bold as you wait upon the Lord’s blessings in your life ? or are you discontent and unhappy ?
You get up and you see yet another mess your teenagers left and your whole morning just goes wrong…. this was me… they left dirty dishes, it seems like no one cares if Mom has to get up to a sink full after going to bed. So you go to your computer and set out to blog (its summertime) Your taking a break from homeschooling and your hubby is at work and you wish he was home helping you care for those kids !
You just don’t know where to start things are so messed up. ( I’m walking it, except my husband is home 24/7 as he is disabled. Mental Illness isn’t easy.. I have a lot of sisters in the Lord who are walking it with me ) He isn’t happy that he can’t do all those things he use to do ? His memory is failing as he ages (he’s only 55 ) He doesn’t handle stress well at all and sorry but having teens means “stress” as they figure out who in the world they are…God knows even when they don’t, but they think your as old as dirt and how could you possibly know what they are going through or feeling right ? You have a son who is 8 who just wants a brother to play with who can keep up with him….(sometimes in large families, Mom gets past the age of childbearing but still has young ones)
Wow I remember those days I longed for another baby, those days I miscarried so many times and now you full well know that “God gives you no more then you can bare” and finally, you are at that content stage in life where “grandchildren are your most precious blessing !”
What ? Your family is so dysfunctional and you don’t do things together or your older kids live out of state and you hardly see them ? Or you have some walking with the world and your not sure when they will turn to God in full surrender… but you pray, because praying is all you can do , because they won’t allow you into their life… perhaps they were from a previous marriage and are bitter about your choice to break free of a bondage of an alcoholic abusive ex spouse… But they pick sides and man that really tares at your heart !
Whatever your stress may be have you found contentment in just knowing that God has it all under control ? Oh yes he does ! He knows your heartache, your fears , your tears and your limits….
I don’t care if your rug looks like you could start this years seedlings and grow your garden in it….He Is There !!! (Tore the rugs out years ago)
I know….it seems like the evil one is trying so hard to ruin your life and your family…
I know your pain…
I have days i cry and days I laugh about it… but failure is some standard we set that we all seem to think holds us in bondage to being less then what God wants us to be…When in reality, God just wants your heart, even when times seem the hardest…
Join me Tomorrow , Lord willing to talk about
Wow, Your a Repeated Failure : How we Attain Excellence !
~ Linda Marie ~