“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success’’ (Joshua 1:8).Text — Joshua 1:8-11
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines excellence as, “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.” Everyone desires excellence, but it is only those who seek it by paying the price that find it. Pat Rilly declares that, “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” Indeed, excellence in education involves performing outstandingly in tests, exams and extra-curricular activities. Youths in vocational training centres can also display excellence.
The would-be excellent youth must separate himself from peers who are addicted to television programmes, electronic games, social media, etc. which could be time wasters. Youths should go the extra mile by regular study before tests and exams dates are announced. Above all, there is a God-factor to excellence as genuine excellence or good success only comes from God.
In our text, Joshua excelled through dependence on God and commitment to His Word. Therefore, a youth who seeks excellence must be connected to God through genuine repentance from sin by accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour. He should read and meditate on the Word of God and maintain a consistent walk with Him.
There is a God-factor to excellence
Be diligent and focused, excellence will come.
Prayer for today
Lord, help me to excel in all I do, in Jesus’ Name.