Anybody seen “excellence”?

Today at LifeWay, we recognized six employees who have had careers of excellence. (Congratulations Chris Adams!) But, what a thought, huh? What a great recognition . . . that someone, or in this case an entire organization . . . would recognize your life’s career and call it excellent.
I can’t remember my work being described as excellent since elementary school. (I always received E’s then.)
This celebration had me thinking a lot not only about my career, but my life and legacy.
These verses came to my mind. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:17, 23-24)
But, sometimes that’s so hard to remember in the midst of a crazy life, work deadlines, insane workloads, demanding relationships, another lost sock, dirty laundry, and spilled milk. At least for today, I’m striving for excellence in everything I do (including sweeping up cheerios from the floor again!).


  1. says

    Yeah, moms rarely (if ever) get recognized for excellence. I just heard (again) Nicole Johnson’s sketch on being invisible, and building cathedrals in the little lives we are molding. And sometimes it’s hard to continue to do excellence without recognition — but that’s where God’s grace comes in! Our excellence at anything is our worship to Him. And if it’s excellence in leading a tiny soul to see Him more clearly, the heavens are rejoicing mightily! It’s just really hard to remember all of that on the other side of the broom and Cheerio’s.

  2. Anonymous says

    Hi Dawn – great post! And a big congrats to our very own Chris Adams! She certainly is a model for working for Him with excellence. We love you, Chris!

  3. says

    I can’t believe you just posted on this short but powerful topic. I work at my church and just yesterday I put signs on everyones door that says “Be excellent!”
    The verse says it all.
    Blessings over all of you~

  4. says

    Dawn –
    Thank you for this post…it is easy to get to a point where you are just trying to make it through the day and forget that we are called to lives of excellence.

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