Excellence is transformative and compelling. Perfection is untouchable and exhausting. The excellence of today will birth tomorrow's 'establishing,' as a new level of goodness emerges. Excellence is both complete satisfaction and the desire for more in the very same deep breath. It will bring about tonight's sound sleep and produce dreams of far greater things.
So this gap that I'm living, let's call it 'perfexcellence'... a very strange and unsettling word. And I'm ready to call it what it is...
No amount of striving will ever produce perfection in me, on me, around me, through me, about me. These are the boundaries of humanity, the wrap-around wonder of living in skin. And the expose' of my need for Grace. Excellence comes much closer to being 'like God' than trying to measure up rightly, which always ends up failure on my end.
Excellence requires love because it is not yet perfected in the now. It commands fortitude because it encompasses the whole of living. It calls faith as companion to believe it can be done...and done well. If I say, "She is really good at her craft," I know she will be better tomorrow if she wants to be. There is always more.
I'll be standing for excellence in its truest form by day and by night. I'll be leaving perfection to the One who makes the option of being excellent possible. And you will find me mopping up 'perfexcellence' like a bad spill, in every corner, in every space. And I will be learning to rest in a Finished Work of wholeness, establishing excellence along the way.
The end (kind of).