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2013-07-04 / Church

THEY SAID IT

Life Lessons from Hospice Patients

“If It Grew Up Overnight”

“If it grew up overnight, chances are it’s a weed,” Dale said.

Yep.

Good things take time, don’t they? Mediocrity is easy. You don’t have to do anything to drift there. Excellence is hard. It takes planning and work. But it’s worth it.

“It’s interesting how everyone wants the best, but so few are willing to give their best,” Dale continued.

Yep.

In the first chapter of the Bible, it says we were created in the image of God. He is excellent. What he makes is excellent. He created us to reflect his excellence. When we give our best, something in us comes alive. It fuels the fire for greater things.

When we live half-hearted, we feel burdened. We know something is wrong. Mediocrity evokes shame. We slink away and hide, often blaming others for the mediocrity we chose. We don’t do well when we refuse our God-given potential.

“We could all be so much more,” Dale exclaimed. “We stop ourselves. We quit. We wait for someone else to do it. It’s time we quit waiting and get with it.”

I had asked Dale what he thought life was all about. The above statements were some of his answers.

“I wish I had done more – done some things differently. That’s water under the bridge now. What does it mean to give my best today? That’s the question,” he said.

Yep. Indeed.

Created in the image of God excellent, to be excellent. Don’t settle. Stay at it. The world desperately needs our best.

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice. Visit him on his website at www.garyroe.com

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