The Importance of Excellence


Learn to acknowledge and affirm excellence in others.

I recently completed two months of physical therapy for a “frozen shoulder” (a condition I’m told is common in middle-aged women!).  While I did not look forward to the pain incurred upon each visit, I still looked forward to my bi-weekly appointments. Why?  Because my physical therapist, Evan, operates his practice with excellence. 

The welcome from the receptionist is warm, casual, and genuine. The facility is pristine.  Evan greets you with a smile and calls you by name. He is knowledgeable, competent, and compassionate. He laughs with you, and can also have heart-to-heart conversations. The many teenagers who receive their therapy from Evan love him. He lets them bring their music to play on his sound system; talk and text on their cell phones; joke with him; and share all their news from school. It’s a fun place to be as you experience energy, healing, and caring. 

Evan understands serving with excellence. The benefactors are the patients who are blessed by an excellent staff combined with an excellent environment. This may sound strange, but my response to the time spent there was to praise God.  I believe our most excellent God is glorified through the most excellent efforts of man.

What environment, ministry, service, or business has reflected excellence to you? Have you expressed your gratitude for the blessings you have received? As Christ-followers, let’s not only practice excellence... let’s acknowledge and affirm it in others.

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically as done for the Lord and not for men (Col. 3:23).

Written by Janet Speer

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