Excellence Not Perfection

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…”
Colossians 3:23 (NASB)

There is one thing that we all have in common in this room, and that is that we are all imperfect. This means that every single one of us falls short and makes mistakes. However, there is another thing that we all have in common in this room, and that is that we were made in the image of God. This means that even though we fall short, we can still reflect God’s goodness and other parts of his character. Now based on the fact that we are imperfect but we can still strive to imitate God’s goodness, in our school work we ought to work for excellence rather than perfection.

Working for perfection is a very hard thing to do because it is impossible to achieve. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Paul tells us that we are not perfect because we have sinned. Sin is ultimately the problem we have that stops us from being perfect. Since we cannot be perfect it is foolish to try and have perfect school work. If you always try to do your school work perfectly then it will only leave you frustrated, yet when you work for excellence it will not leave you frustrated.

We ought to work toward excellence rather than perfection because perfection is impossible to reach while excellence is attainable. Working for excellence means that you are doing the best you can do given your ability in the circumstances in which you find yourself. Have you ever had a bad day? Me too. Working for excellence means that even in the middle of your bad day you push yourself to make the effort to still do your best with a good attitude. Until perfection, excellence varies depending on the situation in which you find yourself.

Though we will never reach perfection here on earth this does not give us an excuse to slack off by not trying as hard to do well on our work. We still need to try and do our best in everything that we do. If we always try our best and strive for excellence, then we honor and glorify God. He knows that we are not perfect, but he also knows that because we reflect his image, we can try and reflect him well to achieve excellence. I challenge you to work for excellence in all that you do rather than for perfection. By doing this you can glorify God and reflect his image well.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Kaitlyn, one of our tenth grade students (pictured above).