-staff meeting notes by Tristan Kirn compiled by S. Mahabeer.
Excellence in Everything
You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to learn a lesson on excellence from the Aston Martin (for you who appreciate cars, we are referring to the Aston Martin Vantage 2007, to be precise).
From the hand-stitched leather seats, to the beautifully designed dashboard, to the engine with its’ intoxicating purring sound – everything is hand crafted with complete attention to detail and absolute excellence.
One small interesting specific about the engine you may not notice right away, is, that each individual engine bears the name and signature of its’ creator, the engineer. (Can you already sense a Christian metaphor? However, this is not the focus of today’s lesson, so feel free to divulge on this piece of information in your own quiet time, if you will. )
Moving on, let’s see how we can apply the “Aston Martin excellence” to our lives, be it at home or at church.
Excellence is meant to be a continual process. Excellence is to not only be realised when on show and on stage, but also behind the scenes when nobody is watching and the efforts may go unnoticed.
The topic of excellence is also raised in “the Parable of the Talent” in Matthew 25:14-30.
We need to ask ourselves if everything we do is done with a spirit of excellence. Are we really putting our best efforts into what we do?
This doesn’t only apply to our skill-set and abilities, but also our attitude and character.
Excellent character trumps excellent ability.
- Excellence honors God and people.
- Excellence creates a new standard. Complacency and comfort are challenged and have to move aside.
- Excellence inspires and pioneers new things, it pushes boundaries, and it goes where no one has been before.
The Church used to be the epicenter of art and creativity. People looked to the Church for excellence. Imagine if that were the case today!
So, in conclusion, let’s be the best version of ourselves that we can be, and in this, let’s honor and glorify God as is due Him.