Pray For Excellence
Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
Winners in life excel.
Whatever they do, they do with Excellence.
Consider Daniel. Daniel was taken from his homeland, sent to be trained in the ways of the wisdom of another country, and prepared in their schools to rule. Why? What did his captors see? These men came in to kill and plunder and ended up taking Daniel, Hannaniah, Azariah, and Mishael to be trained for ruling. Most recognize the latter three as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, their captive names. But few know Daniel by Beltashazzar, his captive name. Why? Because he excelled above them all.
Ever wonder why a Kleenex is called a Kleenex? Actually it is a facial tissue, but a company named theirs a Kleenex and produced such an excellent product, their name became a word in the dictionary. Paper towels are paper towels, but facial tissues are Kleenex.
Ever had a Happy Meal at Burger King or Taco Bell? Look again. It doesn’t say Happy Meal. That is a McDonalds’ trademark. Their kid service is so excellent, take a child into another fast food chain and they immediately ask for a Happy Meal.
What is Excellence?
Excellence has to do with the way we do what we do.
Is it right the first time?
Is it what we promised to do?
Did we communicate so others could be ready?
Was action taken after we acted to make sure it was right?
Were problems attended to quickly?
Excellence is caring enough about others involved to make sure we provide for them the best service:
- at the right time
- according to their needs
- according to the best of our abilities
Excellence is sticking with it until the job is done.
Excellence is going the extra mile.
Excellence is giving it all we have and then giving it some more.
Excellence never settles for second best.
Excellence makes sure people understand.
Excellence finds out what people need and gets it there for them.
A Prayer of Excellence:
Father, I am committed to being a person of excellence in all I do. Create in me the heart of Daniel. Let me be the one of whom it is said, “They excel above the rest.” Let me have the testimony of heaven on my behalf of excellence.
Father, teach me the ways of excellence. Build integrity, honesty, and a knack for detail into my inside approach to life and living.
I want to care and tend to the needs of others first. I want to have what people need for them when then need it. I want to never settle for second best, but be one who sets the standard to which others can strive.
Let me be the person of excellence, who is tuned to Your heart in every situation. Teach me, Lord, Your path of the heart of excellence. Stir in me the zeal of personal testimony for others to see my witness shine as a great star in the universe in the middle of mediocrity that others might see You instead of me.
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.