A modern day Pilgrim's Progress... with a few detours along the way
        19
        Jul

        Good enough??


        We talked last week about mediocrity and how it can negatively impact every area of our lives. As I said, the battle cry of the mediocre is “GOOD ENOUGH!!”  Which, of course, means it’s not and never will be.  As bad as it is to see mediocrity running our government, our schools, our families and our businesses…it is beyond scary to see it in our churches and in our service to God. The God we serve is NOT a mediocre God.  He didn’t make us to be anything but the very best; or, as someone once said, “God don’t make no junk!”  We, His children, should be striving to do excellent work in everything we do: especially when we’re doing what He’s called us to do.

        So what does “excellent” look like?  For openers, excellence is the polar opposite of mediocre.  The dictionary defines it as:

        excellent  adjective
        1. possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good.
        2. extraordinary; superior.

        Synonyms: worthy, estimable, choice, fine, first-rate, prime, admirable.

        Here’s an example of what excellence is NOT:

        Paul Harvey told the story of a woman who called up the Butterball Turkey Company’s consumer hotline and asked about the advisability of cooking a turkey that had been in her freezer for 23 years. The customer service representative told her that it would be okay to eat if the freezer had maintained below zero temperature the entire time, but even so, the flavor would have deteriorated so much it wouldn’t taste very good. Then the caller said, “Oh…that’s what we thought.  We’ll just donate it to the church.
         
        Here’s an example of what excellence IS:

        The opposite end of the spectrum is the name Stradivarius.  It is synonymous with finest violins: excellence personified. This is true because Antonius Stradivarius insisted that no instrument constructed in his shop could be sold until it was as near perfection as human care and skill could make it. Stradivarius observed, "God needs violins to send His music into the world, and if any violins are less than our best, 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 one." 

        Over the years, many famous men have talked about excellence:


                  Booker T. Washington:  “Excellence is to do a common thing is an uncommon way”.
        • Aristotle:  "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act. it is a habit"                                      
        • Thomas  habit"Carlyle: "Let each become all that he was created capable of being."
          Leonardo Da Vinci: "I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have."
          Isaac Disraeli: "It is a wretched waste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us."

           While the thought, “Mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre” may seem clichéd to some, it holds a critical truth: we must realize that we are settling for less before we can reach for more.  Before we can pursue excellence.  And we must reach for more because excellence is a reflection of the God we serve.  Excellence means giving or doing the maximum. Excellence does not happen by accident. The first step towards excellence is to refuse to settle for “good enough.” 

          Gary Inrig says in his book, A Call to Excellence, “I am thankful that God does not accept the limitations we put on our lives. Mediocrity is never His will for us. He calls us to excellence and challenges us to be more than we thought.”

          Epilogue

          The following sign was posted in a farm equipment repair shop:
          "We do three types of jobs--Cheap, Quick, and Good.  You can have any two.  A good quick job won't be cheap.  A good job cheap won't be quick.  A cheap job quick won't be good."
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        The largest single chunk of gold ever found was 4 feet 9 inches long, 3 feet 2 inches wide, and 4 inches thick and weighed 640 pounds.

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        Miss Jones had been giving her second-grade students a lesson on science. She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron.  Now it was question time, and she asked, "My name begins with the letter 'M' and I pick up things. What am I?"

        A little boy on the front row proudly said, "You're a mother!"


        Really??  Actual News

        Surfing goats?
         Beachgoers in California have been getting used to the unusual sight of two goats surfing.  Goatee the nanny goat and her kid billy Pismo stood on surfboards to ride waves at San Onofre State Beach in Orange County.  Their owner, Dana McGregor, initially got Goatee to eat unwanted foliage on his property but soon started taking her out on his surfing trips.  When baby Pismo was born, he started putting him on the board, too.  Then, he teamed up with local surfers to try to get both goats to ride on one surfboard together. They managed to stay upright for a few waves, by which time Goatee had had enough and swam to shore.  Pismo kept his balance and "seemed a natural" on the board. "They did a pretty good job. They caught the first wave and it was pretty good," said McGregor. 

        Stick 'em up!  Two handguns carried by notorious U.S. bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde could bring in $200,000 apiece at auction this fall, the auctioneer predicted.  Bobby Livingston of RR Auction said Clyde Barrow's .45-caliber automatic and a .38-caliber revolver Bonnie Parker had strapped to her leg were the last weapons the pair carried with them before they were shot dead in a police ambush in 1934.  "It doesn't get any closer than this for collectors of history," said Livingston, who will preside over the sale of the guns and other memorabilia from the infamous couple Sept. 30.  "This is one of the finest Bonnie and Clyde collections you will ever see," Livingston says. "We expect the guns should sell anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000. But really the sky is the limit for these types of guns."  Livingston's optimism is based on the $210,000 apiece two other Bonnie-and-Clyde guns sold for earlier this year.  Bonnie and Clyde gained a cult following during the Depression by their seemingly unstoppable streak of bank robberies at a time when banks were not particularly popular among hard-pressed Americans. A new generation discovered their legend in the 1967 hit film "Bonnie and Clyde" starring the glamorous duo of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

        Ugliest football field in America?  Lindenwood University’s new $2.3 million dollar football stadium improvements in Belleville are drawing some national attention and not all of it is positive.  Specifically the attention is focused on the turf. Scott Spinner, Director of Athletics says he knew the maroon and gray alternating five yard stripes would attract attention. A Yahoo Sports story Wednesday called the just-completed field hideous and an abomination to sports.  He says they consulted with a few Lindenwood players before deciding to move forward with the project.  And how do the athletes feel about playing on a field the Yahoo sports writer said looked like a flattened out barbershop pole?  Spinner says they’re really excited about it adding they (the players) believe it’s going to set their program apart from others and they’re ecstatic about it  The team’s first home football game ever in the new stadium on the striped field is September first against Avila.

        A touching tribute  A devoted farmer created this touching heart-shaped meadow as a tribute to his late wife - by planting thousands of oak trees.  Dedicated Winston Howes, 70, planted each oak sapling after his wife Janet died suddenly died from heart failure 17 years ago.  He laid out the fledgling trees in a six-acre field but left a perfect heart shape in the middle - with the point facing in the direction of her childhood home.  The labor of love has now blossomed into a mature meadow - a peaceful oasis where Winston can sit and remember his wife of 33 years. His meadow cannot be seen from the road and has remained a family secret until a hot air balloonist took this photograph from the air.  Mr Howes said: "I came up with the idea of creating a heart in the clearing of the field after Janet died.  "I thought it was a great idea - it was a flash of inspiration - and I planted several thousand oak trees. "Once it was completed we put seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live. I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years."  The entrance to the secret heart is only accessible from a track leading up to its tip.

        Common phrases that come from the Bible:

        "A drop in the bucket" 
        Isaiah 40:15 "Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing."

        Worth a try

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        Bible Stuff


        The following words appear only once in the Bible:   Reverend (Psalms 111:9), Eternity (Isaiah 57:15), and Grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5).

        Groaner

        What is one of the first things that Adam and Eve did after they were kicked out?  They started raising Cain.

        Point to Ponder

        A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But of course this was America and there were no hall servants.

        Walking the dormitory halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers. Moody gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, the world’s most famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes. Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

        When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were shined. They never know by whom. Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people, and during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret. Perhaps the episode is a vital insight into why God used D. L. Moody as He did. He was a man with a servant’s heart and that was the basis of his true greatness.

        Remember, Christianity is more about walking than about talking

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