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The Power of Excellence

June 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

Excellence in Leadership.

When we think of a leader we also think of the word excellent. Excellence is derived from the word excel, which means to go beyond average. Go the extra mile as a leader. Life does not owe you anything; rather, it is you who owe life something. Quit waiting for your lottery number to come up! Step out and bring the positive change in your heart. A practical example of excellence in the Bible is the story of Rebecca. We read that, "And the servants took ten camels of the camels to his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in the hands. And he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. And he made his camels to kneel down outside the city by a well of water at the time of the evening when women came out to draw water. And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray to you, send me in good speed this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water. And let it be that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down your pitcher, I pray you, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink and I'll give your camels also, let the same be she that you've appointed for your servant Isaac; and thereby I'll know that you've showed kindness to my master. And it came to pass before he had done speaking, that behold; Rebecca came out, who was born of Bethuel, son of Micah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. And the damsel was very pretty, a virgin; and she went down to the well, and filled the pitcher, and came up. And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray you, drink a little water out of your pitcher. And she said, Drink, my lord; and she hasted, and let down her hand, and gave him drink. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I'll draw water for your camels also, until they're done drinking. And she hasted and emptied her pitcher into a trough, and ran again into the well to draw water, and drew for those camels." (Genesis 24:10-20).

What made Rebecca excellent was not the fact that she gave Abraham's servant water; any damsel would have done the same for it was customary. But rather, she went an extra mile and watered the ten camels. Now picture this: if a thirsty camel consumes about 20 gallons of water per time, then it means Rebecca drew a whooping 200 gallons of water from that well! This was certainly a daunting task but her excellence was rewarded when she became Isaac's bride.

Excellency is a ladder one must climb to reach its peak. As Pat Riley puts it, "Excellency is the gradual result of always trying to do better". And as for the strength of its attainment, Mohandas Gandhi reminds us that, "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will".

The fundamental questions one must answer in life are:

1. Why am I here?

2. What am I doing here?

Everyone born of a spirit has a Ministry on earth! You have a calling in your life. Right now, you occupy a unique place in the kingdom of our God, according to the agenda of heaven. God has located His people strategically in positions in this life. It is important to know what you are designed for. When you seek to know this, there will always be strength to accomplish it.

Though Rebecca's deed paid out great, she did not do it for what she was going to receive. For one can say, she never knew what was up Abraham's servant's sleeves. She did what she did because she felt in her soul that it was the right thing to do. And the loving God who rewards all good doers rewarded her.

Leaders do not do things for favor. But when favor come our of the good, glory be to God. Leaders understand they have to go beyond what is expected from everyone else. Today's philosophy "minimum effort for maximum expectations". Rebecca's philosophy was "maximum effort for minimum gain". Rebecca looked at life as a leader does. The winning philosophy is, "I want to give my best shot".

Rebecca's story teaches us three things:

i). We do not live our lives as legalistic because her culture was an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth; but she chose otherwise.

ii). We cannot walk the second mile until first we walk the first. In life, people want to take the short cuts, but short-cuts do not pay off. In fact, the longest distance between two points is a short cut! People have destination disease. People think, "I live there, or work there, or marry that person everything would be alright". But what awaits is futility.

iii). Extra blessings are result of extra-effort. Zigzag says, "There's no traffic jam on the extra mile". And Oprah Winfrey asserts, "Doing my best for this moment puts me in the best place for the next moment".

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