Ok, I know I've been on a Darlene Zschech kick the past week (or month) but her book The Art of Mentoring has so many great nuggets of truth.
"Those who really know the goodness of God do not pursue perfectionism, which only produces fear - they pursue excellence, which is the willingness to risk everything for love of the Lord.
Any form of honest leadership required the leader to teach the most excellent way. Not the easy way, or a shortcut way for a quick-fix compromise, but the way of integrity that sets a standard of excellence."
Proverbs 22:29 says, "Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank."
"In your home, excellence will mean serving, forgivign, respecting, and taking responsibikty for your actions so that others can see God's Word domonstrated and practically applied through your example. In your local church and community, excellence will require sensitivity and generosity to the needs of others, time to build relationship, and a willingness to lay down your life so others can get ahead. We do the extra mile becaues we care. Yes, excellence takes more time, more heart, and more devotion than you and I can muster in our own strength, 'but we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.'" 2 Cor 4:7 (DZ)
"One of our highest goals in life should be to have an excellent spirit. And Daniel is our champion example in this regard. Daniel 6 reports that he was put in charge of the whole kingdom because of his excellent spirit.
The world has no match for an excellent spirit - it will outrank any gifting, talent, or charisma. And even though the sacrifices will not be without cost, the results will be a timeple that is absolutely stunning, a showcase temple for future generations to model." (DZ)
"If you are going to achieve excellence in BIG things, you develop the habit in little things."