HINDRANCES TO THE LIFE OF EXCELLENCE – Dr Paul Enenche

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LIFE IS A FERTILE SOIL, WHAT YOU SOW DETERMINES WHAT YOU REAP IN TIME; THOSE WHO SOW MEDIOCRITY REAP OBSCURITY AND THOSE WHO SOW EXCELLENCE REAP EMINENCE.

YOU CANNOT DO THINGS ANYHOW AND BECOME ANYBODY IN LIFE.

THE COST OF MEDIOCRITY IS HIGHER THAN THE PRICE OF EXCELLENCE.

EXCELLENCE MAY BE HIGHLY DEMANDING BUT IT IS EXTREMELY REWARDING.

EXCELLENCE IS NEVER A POSSIBILITY WHERE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IS NOT EMBRACED.

WHEN YOU RELEASE THE BEST INTO LIFE, YOU GET THE BEST OUT OF LIFE.
WHEN YOU ALLOW YOUR WORST TO MANIFEST, YOU EXPERIENCE THE WORST OUT OF LIFE.

YOU BRING WORSHIP TO GOD WHEN YOU EXCEL, YOU BRING WORSHIP TO GOD WHEN YOU STAND OUT, YOU BRING WORSHIP TO GOD WHEN YOU ARE OUTSTANDING.

YOU DON’T JUST WORSHIP WITH THE SONG, YOU DON’T JUST WORSHIP WITH A DANCE, YOU WORSHIP BY BEING THE BEST.

-Pastor Paul Enenche at Dunamis International Gospel Centre on ‘HINDRANCES TO THE LIFE OF EXCELLENCE.’ at Power Communion Midweek Service, Glory Dome.

HINDRANCES TO THE LIFE OF EXCELLENCE.

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Ecclesiastes 9:10.

As we begin to conclude in this Month’s subject series of excellence, being the last week of the month of excellence, we shall take a look at very important insights.

KEY THOUGHTS ON EXCELLENCE:

1. The production of excellence is a responsibility of Christianity.
Like we said before, it is a part of our Christian duty to produce quality and deliver excellence. Matthew 5:14,16.

2. The production of excellence is a presentation of worship of the Almighty.
Men may glorify your Father when they see you shining. You bring worship to God when you excel, you bring worship to God when you stand out, you bring worship to God when you are outstanding.
You don’t just worship with songs, you don’t just worship with the dance, you worship by being the best.

3. Excellence is a department of righteousness.
If you truly believe in God and you are truly a Christian, excellence is part of the things you will manifest. Proverbs 12:26.
The difference between a righteous and his neighbor is not just that the righteous carries a Bible and goes to Church, the difference between a righteous and his neighbor is that the righteous produces excellence that his Unbeliever neighbor cannot produce. So a difference between you and your Unbeliever friend is that you operate at a higher quality.
What was the difference between Cain and Abel? Excellence! Hebrews 11:4.
Abel’s righteousness translated into excellence. It made him to excel more than Cain.
So the difference between us is not how much tongue you can speak, that is good and it is a part of it but how much quality you deliver is a part of your righteousness.

4. Excellence may be highly demanding but it is extremely rewarding.
When you do things correctly, it is very demanding but extremely rewarding. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

5. The cost of mediocrity is higher than the price of excellence.
The cost of mediocrity is higher than the price of quality. What it cost you because you embraced mediocrity is heavier than what you would have paid to excel in the first place.
When people do shabby things, at the end they pay more for it. Ecclesiastes 10:10.
Look at this, you have a blunt axe that you are using to fell a tree versus you have a sharp axe, you took time to sharpen the axe. How long will it take you to bring down the tree with the blunt axe versus how long it will take you to bring down the tree with the sharp axe. It will cost both energy, time and resources to be a mediocre versus being excellent. The cost of mediocrity is higher than the price of quality. If you refused to do it well you pay more, if you do it well you pay less.

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6. Whatever will not be accomplished excellently should not be attempted entirely.
Ecclesiastes 9:10.
If you won’t do it with your might don’t do it at all.
If it is not to be accomplished excellently, it is to be left entirely.
Everybody in production, everybody in creativity please bear that in mind. If you won’t do it well don’t do it at all. Leave it until you are ready to do it.

7. The best of life answers to the best of man and the worst of life answers to the worst in men.
Galatians 6:7.

When you release the best into life, you get the best out of life. When you allow your worst to manifest, you experience the worst out of life.
For example, many people are in prison now on awaiting trials, some have been sentenced to death because their worst came out and that worst was used to kill a man and then they are experiencing the worst of life. Nothing can be worst than being incarcerated in prison where your rights are suspended. The prisoner has zero right, almost zero.

8. Life is a fertile soil, what we sow into life determines what we reap in time; those who sow mediocrity reap obscurity and those who sow excellence reap eminence.
Daniel 6:1-4. Daniel gave his very best to what he did and he could not be obscured. You cannot do things anyhow and become anybody in life.
It doesn’t matter your position today, you disappear into obscurity if you maintain mediocrity.

9. Excellence is an adventure, not a destination.
Whatever is visible, audible and tangible is improvable.
Anything that you can see, hear or touch can be improved. This sound can be improved, the lighting can be improved.
Today’s excellence is tomorrow’s mediocrity. The things we celebrate today, we can tolerate only tomorrow.
Proverbs 4:18.
Somebody whose life is shining more and more shout a louder Amen. Your life is continually improving shout the loud most Amen.

10. Excellence happens by decision and mediocrity happens by permission.
Do you know the meaning of that? You cannot excel without your decision and you cannot be a mediocre without your permission. If somebody is excelling, it is because he has decided. If somebody is average, it is because he has permitted it.
Things are anyhow around you, it is because you have allowed it.
Deuteronomy 30:19.

HINDRANCES TO THE LIFE OF EXCELLENCE:

1. Attitude of conformity and compliance with the generality.
When a person decide to comply and conform with what is generally acceptable, he will never, she will never excel.
2 Corinthians 6:17.
It is not possible to conform and comply with the generality of the society and stand out.
You step out first to stand out. If you belong to the crowd, you are lost in the crowd. So you must make up your mind to step out if you are going to stand out.
When a person is unable to take a stand to be different he can never excel.

2. The lack of a decision of quality unto excellence.
That is, failure to make a quality decision unto excellence.
Romans 12:1-2. Deuteronomy 30:19.

3. The tolerance of and patience with mediocrity and average performance.
When a person is patient with average is not correct, when a person is comfortable with what is not accurate.
I heard of a Pilot who has been flying for 30 years. And he was about to fly an aircraft and the aircraft had a little fault- something on the checklist wasn’t correct and he said
I will just fly it to the next location, one hour flight and when I get there it will be fixed, because probably he had dared that before and he landed. He took that flight and never landed. That was his last flight. He didn’t land, it developed a fault in the air and there is no mechanic in the air.
That is, you are not patient with mediocrity or average operation. Ephesians 5:10-11.

Something interesting happened today, somebody gave us the gift of a life eagle and the eagle is inside the cage because if it was out anything can be a food. You know eagles fly in the air and pick baby goats from the ground with their legs, they pick human beings too in some places. And the eagle has to kill it’s food to eat it, it doesn’t pick dead carcass. So yesterday they gave the eagle Chicken, just killed fresh, it devoured it at the speed of light. They brought the same chicken, the remaining of it from the fridge today, it refused to touch it. By the time hunger ‘wired’ it, the eagle ate it and vomited it. The system cannot accommodate it. I am not telling you of what happened last year, today. That is why it is the eagle, if it can eat corruption it has become vulture.
Look at somebody by your side and say, ‘what can you tolerate? What are you patient with? It determines who you are. What you tolerate and what you are patient with determines your destiny.
The person who fed it could not recover from it. It was the same food they gave it, not that it was smelling.

There are many of us personally, you excel but everybody around you is a mediocre and you allowed it, it is an error. They say, one rich man in a family with seven poor people in the same family makes eight poor people. It is poverty for him to allow the others to remain poor and then as long as he doesn’t teach them what to do to grow he will join them very soon in poverty.
That is how it is, you are excelling and you are surrounded by mediocrity, it is plus one minus one. Mediocrity plus quality equals neutrality.
I am saying this for the sake of those who may be in one position of authority or the other, you are an executive or head of something and you have tried your best to make sure that people around you understand the vision for excellence and come up to your level and they are unable to understand the vision, it is possible they don’t belong there, you can assist them with something else.
It doesn’t matter how much suit you buy for a Wheelbarrow pusher who hasn’t gone to school, buy him quality suit from Paris and tell him, now that you are wearing a suit you are now a bank manager, you have closed down the bank, he will eat the money first and borrow all his relations, no collateral.
If you are going to excel in life, you must have zero patience with average performance. Let the people around you know that ‘this is not allowed’.
What has ran down many things in Africa is because somebody is trying his best but because he is surrounded with average people. And the kind of way they employ in this part of the world is, ‘who- knows- who’. So they bring average people, substandard people, mediocre people and they are surrounding a man who is a peak performer and they want him to perform magic and he can’t send them, he can’t post them.

4. The inability to count the cost and pay the price.
Luke 14:28.
I heard from our father in the Lord, Bishop David Oyedepo, he said, “everything of value carries a cost”. Anything that is valuable is costly. And until the price is paid, the prize is not seen.
Many people are ready to do anything it takes to become who God wants them to become.
I traveled to Chicago last week, I was doing our devotional, editing and reading and writing while on the journey. By the time I was flying out from Lagos, part of it like two-third were ready but one-third wasn’t ready and then I sent the two-third that was ready down and then went further working on the one-third while flying over there. By the time I was through there I scanned the one I had worked on back home, what I sent from there arrived before the one I sent in Lagos. I could relax and say I am on a journey, I don’t have to overstress myself and labor my life but work continued.
There are so many people who want good things but they can’t pay the price.
Somebody will see God’s Servant, Bishop David Oyedepo and say, ‘he is lucky oh’. Let him give you the luck to enjoy for two weeks and experience the schedule.
I was on a very fantastic road to Kafancha yesterday and today, powerful, beautiful road and here I am, service continues. Tomorrow we have Pastor’s meeting from morning till night, probably till the next day maybe, depending on how it flows. Friday is worship and wonders night, then you come in for Sunday service – 3 services. Next week we are in Lafia for crusade, week following is Lagos Mega crusade then in between is a week of other things then the week following that is the 25th-anniversary convention. All these are going on with other works. Hello, ‘boy, work dey oh’ (vernacular).
If it doesn’t carry a cost, it is not worth anything but if it has value, it carries a cost.
Papa Oyedepo said, ” discipline is doing what is required to get at what is desired”.
You put your life under pressure to get the treasures of life.

5. The failure of continuous improvement- the agreement to arrive.
Agreeing to be satisfied too early. I heard a wise man say some time ago that
” when we arrive too soon, we arrive too small”. Proverbs 4:18.
Excellence is never a possibility where continuous improvement is not embraced.
In those days there was no anaesthesia, before Chloroform, Simpson the Christian man Simpson discovered Chloroform.
Matured people would hold a person down while surgery was going on. It improved from there to anesthesia, now there is general anesthesia, there is local anesthesia.

Now you are awake and surgery is going on, no pain and you can be talking with the doctor.
Now it has advanced from there, in America we saw one of our school mates who is a Professor, he came to the program, flew in from New York to come.

He will be pressing a computer and a robot is operating a person in another town. It is like flying a drone.

And they said that some of the robots are 99.9 per cent human intelligence, artificial intelligence (AI).

So, things kept improving until what we have right now.
Yesterday’s excellence is today’s mediocrity.

There was a time when you have to wind a vehicle with the hand. From that till where we are now. People are driving automatic, calling themselves drivers. You better learn manual. If you don’t know how to change gear, you are not a driver yet.

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