Spirit of Excellence
Two years ago, I had a boss who on occasion would tell the team, “I operate out of the spirit of excellence. Anything outside of this is unacceptable.” This was a high standard set by our boss, yet it was the expectation that the team meet, maintain, and sustain to ensure our department retains our top position within the institution. Upholding this expectation did not come without challenges. However, it was through our boss’ continuous motivation and encouragement to stimulate creativity, innovation, and ideas within us that all we wanted to do was work hard to safeguard our positioning to support and make our boss look good. It didn’t matter how long or hard we worked, we were a team and everything we did was driven by the spirit of excellence. Daniel operated out of the spirit of excellence.
Daniel 5:12 (NLT), “This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems.’”
Daniel 6:3-4 (NLT), “Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers…Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.
Let’s think about this for a second…the spirit of excellence was so prevalent in Daniel, that people tried to find fault in him to no avail. Influenced by this spirit, Daniel’s work performance caused him to have enemies on the job. Our team experienced the same thing.
As in the case of Daniel, when you begin to excel at work, your colleagues may not be supportive and will look for ways to hold you back and tear you down. This may come in the form of heresy, taking credit for the work you’ve done, or blaming you for things you haven’t done, to name a few.
So how do you deal with people who would gladly cheer for your downfall and even accelerate the process? Our boss would tell us, “Don’t focus on the peripheral.” In other words, live your life above reproach.
Brethren, continue to do what you know is right in the sight of God and your enemies will have difficulty finding charges against you. This will not save you from attacks, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…” (Eph 6:12), but you have a God that will protect you. He is your refuge, your fortress, your shield, and your strength.
I pray the spirit of excellence grows stronger in you and any pronouncement against your success be nullified. In Jesus Name.