Over the course of the last couple months, we have been applying Biblical principals to our new core values here at Newby Management. We have come to the last letter in our acrostic S.E.R.V.E. which is “E” and represents the word excellence. The tag line for this core value is “surpassing expectations.”
During our staff devotion, I asked participants the question “How is excellence gauged?” We had a lot of good contributions to the question. Ultimately if we are going to rank something as bad, good, great, or excellent there must be a standard by which its performance is gauged against. When we speak in terms of employees performing their responsibilities, we must reject the notion that excellence is unrelated to opinion and especially the opinion of the doer. There must be a standard by which we measure.
In his instruction to the Believers at Colosse the Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:22-24
“Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance, it is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”
Woven within this passage we find several very practical principals that when applied to our efforts can help us achieve excellence in everything we do. Look at the passage of scripture for yourself and find the following truths.
- Truly apply yourself, don’t just go through the motions.
- Do your work “heartily” literally this means from the depths of your soul. Love what you do!
- Never forget who you really work for. Read I Corinthians 15:58 if need a word of encouragement in your work.
- Ultimately, our reward is from God, not in the payment of men.
Applying these principles can help us stay focused on the right things in our labors and bring about results that surpass expectations in all we do.