The change in seasons is a time to reflect on life. It happens to me each season. This time, I am remembering many wonderful fall days. Fall has always been my most favorite time of year, almost tied with winter.
My boys were both football players and their dad was their own personal coach. How he loved to watch those boys play. I am sure he felt like he was passing on wonderful amazing skills for them. I know they received all that encouragement and love. My daughter loved soccer and cross country running. She was daddy’s little sweet heart. When she was little she wanted to play football with the boys in the back yard. She would come in so full of life and love.
Whispers of excellence were whispered so deeply into our children. Those phrases, “you can do it, I know it is hard, just try”, or “don’t settle for second place, practice will gain you first place”. “Go for it!! Leave it all on the field”.
Or how about the look. You know-the one with the eye brows raised, head tilted just right…given just as they are doing something not quite right. The times we came along side them and did the work with them.
I am not talking about being a perfectionist and hold them to unreal expectations. That is not a way to encourage excellency. That will only bread heart ach and strife.
2 Peter 1:5New International Version (NIV)
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things
Each of these verse talk of pushing forward to do good things. “Add to your faith”, “if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – thing about such things”.
Strive!! PUSH!! Work hard at doing the things we do every day. Don’t give up. Don’t neglect the reason we live. We live to give glory to the Creator!!
Galatians 6:9-10The Message (MSG)
9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
What is your crop? what are you doing to enhance that crop? Push for the good things, they don’t just “fall into our laps”. Good things come through hard work, and work that is done to the best of our abilities.
Run hard — Work hard — Study hard — Give the best of who you are, what you are, all of you. You will reap! You will see results!
Whispers of Excellence!