Recently, we were having a staff conversation about how being just PRETTY GOOD doesn’t really make people want to come back for anything.
We all want our friends to LIKE US so much that we get invited to everything!
We need our spouse WANTING US more than anyone else!
We want our business or our performance at work to stand out ABOVE and BEYOND our competition!
But when you ask most people what KIND of spouse, parent, friend, employee or business owner they are, the standard answer is usually something like, “I guess I’m pretty good.”
Is “pretty good”…good enough?
One staff member commented about the differences in gas stations, of all things! They told how they would rather drive PAST countless other gas stations just to get to a QuikTrip.
Why? They have something that the other gas stations don’t have, GOOD FOOD and GOOD SERVICE!
(Pssst! I always stop there and it’s NEVER for gas!)
Worth The Drive
Another staffer said that it was the same with Faith Church. There are hundreds of churches that are a LOT closer to their home. (Several are just a few blocks away.)
But they’d rather go PAST the others to get to Faith Church, even if they had to WALK to get there.
Not that the others were bad…it’s just that Faith Church had such GOOD “FOOD”!
The “food” they loved served just the WAY they like it. God’s Word taught the way it’s supposed to be taught; not condemning or judgmental.
Another person on staff piped up about chicken.
It’s kind of like McDonalds verses Church’s Chicken. They both SAY they serve chicken. But the way they taste is COMPLETELY different!
McDonald’s may be CHEAPER and CLOSER. But when I want REAL chicken (not pink goo formed into chicken shapes) then I go down the road to Church’s Chicken.
So how does that translate to OUR lives and business relationships?
Don’t Get Passed Up!
The trap of being ‘pretty good’ is an easy one to fall into. But God is a God of EXCELLENCE, and we should never strive for anything less!
We should always DO our best, to BE the best for God who IS the BEST!
“Lord, thank you for giving me these wonderful gifts and talents to serve you. I always want to use them to represent You with excellence in everything I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
You are so right qt all the way. Haaa. Great comparison and so truetrue.
Thank you, Thomas!
Thank you for these words of encouragement. I appreciate them very much. The past 17 months have been pretty hard on us and we keep trying to encourage each other with God’s love and your services and blogs help a lot.
How do we get others to see our “excellence”. I am doing my best, being the best I can be for God, but still can’t gain a job. I have great skills, a great work ethic, and a true desire to serve God. But I just can’t get a job! I have applied to everything from McDonald’s to Nursing Home Administrator (I am Licensed!), to Retail Manager for Faith Church (I have an MBA!), but I still keep getting passed up! What am I missing?
Again, thank you for the encouragement every day! God’s words and love is what is keeping us going. It would be so much easier to just give up and bury my head in the bed covers, but I know God is expecting more from me. So I get up every day, pray for His guidance and strength, and look for work. I KNOW THE JOB GOD WANTS ME TO HAVE IS OUT THERE AND I WILL FIND IT BY HIS GRACE!
(We too drive past other churches to get to Faith Church because it feeds our souls as no other church ever has.)
Thank you and God Bless not only your day, but your life forever.
Cheryl, your post means a lot to me! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it! Just keep being faithful & you’ll see your breakthrough! I believe God has the perfect job for you. That’s probably why all the other ones aren’t working out. God doesn’t want you to settle for just “good” when He wants to give you the “Great”.
As I began to be a leader in scouting for my children one thing has always stood out….the motto of “Do your best” If I do my best then I encourage others to do the same and this value changed my life for sure and if I am going to do my best then I desire to seek those in business and personal who also carry this same desire! Do your VERY BEST today!! (I also remember the part in the movie Facing the Giants…he pushed his player to his personal best and the player didn’t even know he had that much “best” in him)