Praying for Our Kids: Excellence

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We’re continuing our prayer emphasis in 2020 by praying this week for our kids to be excellent in all that they do. When you think about excellence and praying it for your kids, what comes to mind?
 
For me it’s the cheesy inspirational posters in middle school classrooms back in the day with sayings like: “Excellence is never an accident” or “Excellence is not being the best – but doing your best.”
 
Well let’s just say I did my best in math and nobody has ever accused me of excellence in that arena. But that’s neither here nor there.
 
It’s easy to get excellence confused with performance. Scripture is clear that we are called to excellence because it honors the one who created us, and he alone is the only true model of excellence. Performance is cumbersome and puts the focus on us, but praying the Lord’s excellence in our kids will rightfully take the pressure off of them and allow the Lord to shine in their lives.
 
Let’s pray that our children approach all their work with a goal of excellence, not in order that they might be looked upon favorably by others – but so that God will.
 
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Note: Don’t forget to check out our latest episode of Pardon the Mess with guest Luke Lezon. Luke has a great reminder of how the Lord so often takes the messes in our lives and uses them for his greater ministry and kingdom purposes.

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