Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise. Risking more than others think is safe. Dreaming more than others think is practical. Expecting more than others think is possible.
I have found a credit to ― Ronnie Oldham. I don’t know for sure it is original with him either. But I have had an appreciation for this quote and what it means to my faith journey and ministry for quite some time.
Caring more than others think is wise: As a disciple Jesus calls me to love others in extraordinary ways. I am to love my enemies, I am to love the un-loveable, I am to love those who cannot repay the love…..
Risking more than others think is safe: Can anyone say “stepping our in faith”? If you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat (see John Ortberg’s book). As a disciple my entire life is to be about risk. Saying “Yes, Lord” before He even asks the question.
Dreaming more than others think is practical: Similar to walking in faith — we as disciples are to have a vision that is grander than the world can offer. God has promised that He is able to do more than we can ask …. or imagine! A big God should enable us to have big dreams.
Expecting more than others think is possible: Is is possible for the lame to walk, blind to see, dead to rise? Not in the mediocre thinking of this world. In the realm of walking in harmony with God we know that all things are possible. He lifts up above the ordinary of this world to heights of grand expectations because of His ability.