Monday, October 20, 2008

I want to be....

.......excellent, but I'm not. That's a boogaboo word for me. It holds such power doesn't it? Power in a good way, not a bad way.

Excellence also means superior. Now, that really has some power.

However, this ole word has been stewing and brewing in my brain for a couple of weeks. And, I must spit it out. And I mean spit it out to encourage you and me.

Let me make a confession or three if I can real quick:

1. I am a HUGE procrastinator
2. I have at least 4 things I've been meaning to do here at home since January. Not done.
3. I am a HUGE procrastinator
4. I'll start something and drag it out for weeks. Something short that doesn't take weeks.

Sound familiar to anyone?? I think a lot of us can fall into this ever so sweet, not too harmless pit and yet it can be really dangerous in terms of excellence. Maybe because we are too busy or our priorities are out of whack that we aren't pursuing excellence.

Here is my list of a typical day and I bet you can all relate to most of it or at least parts of it:

1. Up
2. dogs out
3. coffee/prayers/Bible
4. kids up
5. kids out for school
6. exercise
7. clean up house
8. clean up self
9. head to work
10. work
11. pick up kids
12. 2nd shift begins with family
13. homework
14. extra curricular
15. errands
16. dinner (hate this one)
17. kids cleaned up
18. bed

Another confession.....

I don't do any of these things with excellence. NOT ONE. And, I'm not beating myself up over it either. Its just that I'm a procrastinator and that gets in the way. Every now and then I just get my eyes opened to the reality of how I am living my daily life.

I will begin to do better. Starting today. Farewell procrastination. I can't be excellent with you leading the way. The two of us will no longer tango together. You are getting on my nerves.

I want you to think about yourself and your family. Think about all that you do and have going on and the relationships in your life.

Are you excellent or superior?? Or are you just humdrumming along with a very average "go at it?"

Colossians 3:23 tells us "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."

Conviction welcome aboard. You have taken the place of procrastination. The good thing is that I love me a good ole conviction. It's revealing and has much to say over me and what I'm doing. encouragement for you this day is to go out there and work with excellence. Because aren't we serving Him anyway? Isn't He our goal?

Be excellent at friendships, your job, conversations, errands, your time, your meetings, your whatever. Wherever God has you today be excellent.

Be excellent friends!!!! It's not that hard is it?! :)

Hugs and blessings~


Melinda said...

Ouch...and point taken.


XO Melinda

Teresa said...

You left one thing off on your to-do-list.....

*Be a friend

and "my friend" do this with excellence!

thanks for the encouragement and words that inspire!

Lora said...

Words spoken straight to my procrastinating heart...
I've been thinking about posting my Siesta Fiesta pictures - I am going to do it today!
Sweet encouragement Fran!

His Girl said...

I hear what you're saying... and am inspired to a bit more excellence this morning!

you, though, in my onlyknowyoualittle opinion are an EXCELLENT blogfriend- so good at maintenance- praying and looking out for others. i'd say that's above and beyond :)

Michelle V said...

OUCH!!!! Oh, I am Queen of procrastination! And also Queen of .....ah, that's good enough (especially with the housework)!

I do have that scripture on my computer at work.


A Stone Gatherer said...

Yep as soon as I leave this computer screen!

BethAnne said...

I havent really done anything with excellence in mind for a year or so have inspired me to try to do better today....wanna come help me clean my house with excellence??? Cause that would make you a really excellent friend, ya know......excellent......just wanted to throw that out pressure!!! hahahahha

Love you friend!!!

beckyjomama said...

And that was the 2x4 message of the day ... like a bog 'ol 2x4 upside the head!!! But one I most seriously needed.

And one that I thank you for my friend!!

Patty said...

Good word of encouragement today. Work as unto the Lord has been a verse I have tried to remember through the jobs I have had outside the home and inside the home, I am a work in progress.:)
Have a great Monday. We will talk and plan our shopping day for Christmas as well as the chalet...:)

Toknowhim said...

I am with you... :)

ocean mommy said...


Have you been reading my journal?

I could have written this one. :)

Praying for you today!


Bev Brandon said...

It's not that hard to be excellent---it's impossible. God is perfecting you Fran and all that concerns you! You are beautiful in His Sight! Please pray for me---I have strept throat and it's like the worst throat pain ever!

Shelley said...

Convicted right here.

Oh GOODNESS did I need to hear that!

I haven't even come close to excellent today...or yesterday...or the day before that.

Thanks for the reminder. And the encouragment. I really needed it today.

Anonymous said...

Fran, I found your blog weeks ago and have enjoyed reading it so much. You could have been writing from my heart today, I jokingly call myself the Queen of Procrastination and say that it is wonderful to be really 'good' at something (grin). The only problem is that it breaks my heart when I don't live up to the potential God has given me.

So, I join you in striving to become a woman of excellance.

Thank you for being such a genuine and loving child of God. You and your words bless my life.

GratefulinGA said...

Okay Fran, you found me out!
My family twittering on me or somethin?

Whew! An on target Good Word!

Striving for excellence in all things dear girl!

much love,

Susan said...

I can totally relate. HUGE procastinator here. Projects left undone since January?? Yep...January 2000.


Pat said...

We girls can pretty much all relate. so much to be done, so few women to get it all perfect!!
Thank you for the reminder and the courage to say
"Oh Well"

Yolanda said...

Excellent, committed, and, Yolanda

Lindsee said...

Procrastinator 101 right here. The Lord and I have really had to deal with this one this past year. It's been a work, but it's been GOOD!

Alana said...

Well, yes it does...sound familiar that is ;-) Great post and a much needed reminder!

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this is such a great post. encouragement straight to my heart!

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