Strong Beauty

Hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday. I know I did. So today is the day I get to update you on my transformational journey. So this past week Chris had me get all of these supplements so that I can start taking them before and after my workout so that it can help me build more muscle and burn the fat. Today I received my package and started taking them…. Wow. Let me tell you, I immediately felt the difference throughout my workout. But one of the greatest things I’m starting to notice in the midst of this beautification process is the STRENGTH that I am gaining each and every day I make the choice to put in the work. It. Is. Absolutely. Amazing. Seriously.

Even though it hasn’t been that long since I started doing this, only 13 days in to be exact. That’s not even two full weeks of working out yet, and I can already tell the immense change happening in and through me– internally and physically. What I am learning is that enduring beauty creates strength. That’s right. And I have never felt better. There are things which I could barely get through before that are now so much easier to do.

For example, I’m an outdoors person– I love camping, hiking, going on random outdoor adventures. But specifically speaking, even though I have always hiked and always manage to get through them I would always be dying by the time I was done. They were always challenging. After working out so hard five times a week I keep getting more and more energy, so now I added hiking after my workouts. Plus it makes me happy to get out of the gym and to feel the warmth of the sun over me. It is so crazy though, after working out hard for about an hour and a half or so in the gym I still have enough energy left to do a two mile hike. Except this time I’m not barely making them through…. This time I am blaring through these hikes! Honestly, I’m shocked…

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A Standard of Excellence

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed 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 street sweeper who did his job well.'” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Powerful image isn’t it?

This quote is about doing things in excellence. Whatever job, task, call, etc. falls in your lot we are called to do it in excellence. I love the last part of the quote: “He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'”

Pause here for a second and really let that sink in.

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Now take a look at your own life, do you do everything you do that excellently? What things do you do in excellence? What things fall through the cracks? I think it is important to stop once in a while and ask ourselves these kinds of questions, because it forces us to take a good hard look at ourselves. It forces us to make a decision to grow or stay the same. Honestly, when asking myself those questions I can easily pick out a few things that I don’t do nearly as excellently as I could. Sometimes laziness keeps me from doing, fatigue, impatience, just plaining not wanting to do it.

All of these are valid emotions, but I want to get to the point where they don’t hinder me from doing anything in excellence, to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t you? Wouldn’t that be quite an achievement? I want to do things in excellence regardless of how I’m feeling that day. I want to be a person who people seek out to be around, and to work with because they know the standard of excellence I do things in.

You see I think that’s what Martin Luther King Jr. was talking about in his quote. It doesn’t matter what you do, but if you do it in excellence people are going to take notice.

Excellence blesses people. It encourages them. It inspires them. It gives us upgrades. It makes the world a better place.

Titus 2:7 says, “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,”

Daniel 6:3 says, “Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.”

So I’d like to encourage everyone today to do things in excellence. Let’s set a new standard of excellence. Because it blesses people. Because it makes life all around us better. Because it makes us stand out. Most importantly, because it gives glory to God.

What is a time that you did something in excellence and it blessed someone else, or someone took notice? Let’s share stories to encourage each other.


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