Aug 06, 2018


God has given every single one of us the ability to make a difference with our lives. If we aren’t careful we can focus on our limitations or on our failures. But I believe every single one of us can live a life of excellence!

What is excellence?

Excellence is different than perfection. Excellence is doing the best you can with what God has put in your hands.

Perfection is never being satisfied until everything is exactly the way you think it should be.

In 1998 Martha and I moved from Lynchburg, VA to the Raleigh area of NC to start a new church. I can remember driving around rural North Carolina seeing homemade signs promoting a fundraiser a church or organization was doing with typos and written sloppy by hand. I began to think how we could raise the level of excellence in our community. I believe that when we live a life of excellence that it will help others around us see that they can too.

Our church has gone from meeting in an elementary school cafeteria with about 50 people to a 47 acre campus that used to be a tobacco field. We call it a miracle on a tobacco field because of what God has done. We aren’t a perfect church with perfect people but with God’s help we are a bunch of ordinary people living a life of excellence but we serve an excellent God!

Here are 9 Steps to Excellence:

  • Look Around
  • Evaluate
  • Ask Others
  • Don’t Make Excuses
  • Have a Plan
  • Set Goals
  • Confront When Needed
  • Consistently cast Vision to your Team
  • Remember it’s All About People!


Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men."(NASB)

Let’s make a difference today in the lives of others by living a life of excellence!