" Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something
done for the Lord and not for men."
As believers in Christ there is no room in our lives for mediocrity. We are called to be more than average in everything that we do. This doesn't mean that we will be the best at every task; but our attitudes, work ethic, and commitment levels will be much higher than that of those around us. Why? Because the motivation behind everything that we do, is to please our Father in Heaven.
Reflecting on the verse about, it starts with the all encompassing word "Whatever." That means everything that we do in our daily lives: homework, emails, relationships, work, school, chores, phone calls, parenting, dating, games, etc. More than just accomplishing these tasks, we are to go about them with an enthusiastic mindset. Everyone has heard the old phrase "Attitude is Everything," according to this verse this is true. Most people have no difficulties being enthusiastic about the exciting things in life or when the stakes are high. However, the medial tasks are where we struggle to bring the same vigor and passion. We drop our standards from EXCELLENCE to Mediocrity.
But as believers, we are to be different. In everything that we do we are to do it enthusiastically because we are not merely doing it for ourselves, boss, authority figure, etc., but for the Lord. It is an understanding that he has put us in each situation to be a witness for Him. That in everything that we do in word or in deed, we do it for the Glory of God (Col. 3:23). In short, we are to be EXCELLENT.
The next time you think about just getting by, I pray that you understand that everything that you do is a reflection of the one that you serve. As followers of Christ, we are to be an example to others on a daily basis. I would interject that it goes much further than our morals, words, or devotion. People can see how much we Love the Lord by our actions and how we go about completing our daily tasks. My hope is that we do everything "enthusiastically as something done for the Lord." That we are EXCELLENT in EVERYTHING that we do.