“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, December 13, 2023


by Macy Johnson

“But eagerly desire the greater gifts.

And now I will show you the most excellent way.”

(1 Corinthians 12:31 NIV)


Excellence is an outward expression of inner integrity, of having a passion and strong sense to make a true difference.


There is a sad lethargy that seems to have settled over our community. It’s like the fallout from a bomb or a constant drizzle that dampens the day. I see it in the faces of those I meet in the grocery store and on the street. People are not encouraged to serve in the best ways they can.


We received an email one morning from the Postal Service with pictures of the mail we could expect to receive that day. Only one of several letters arrived in our mailbox. Maybe postal employees are overworked. I hope there is a good explanation for missing mail.


Hazel is a resident of a local nursing facility. She is always excited to meet our small choir and join in the weekly singing. With eyes closed and mouth open wide she sings every hymn with all her heart, by heart. I know all of heaven rejoices to witness Hazel sing with praise to her Lord. She may be a prisoner in her physical body, but not in her heart and soul.


My husband and I attended award assemblies for our grandchildren at their school. What a joy it is to know that so many children are learning to consistently pursue quality in many forms.  


Love in action is the goal our Creator gave us to live by. Excellence can be defined as greatness – striving to be the very best in what you do, the high quality of being outstanding or extremely good. Perfection is not attainable, but excellence is!


I will choose the excellent way in all I do today. I hope you will, too! 

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