An Excellent Thing

Five years ago, I first wrote about doing an excellent thing. This is an update of that devotion.

The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.

Titus 3:8

An Excellent Thing – Audio version. Includes “Pure and Simple” from
Heirborne by Richard Souther, Copyright 1986, used with permission.

“What’s the most excellent thing I can do today?”

I have that quote on my white board above my desk in my office. It was in something I read about a musician who retired from playing a few years ago. He was saying that it was his “motto” for living.

It really struck a chord in me (no pun intended – well, not much of one anyway). I liked it so much, I wrote it down. And since it’s in a place I look at every day, I can say that I ask that question every day.

But asking the question is different than seeking the answer to it.

Below it, I recently wrote this question:

“More importantly, why should I do it?”

Again, asking the question is different than seeking the answer to it.

Seeking the Answer

Many times I’ve found myself either too busy to really seek the answer to those two questions or distracted by other things to seek the answer to these two questions.

Even though I often don’t seek to answer the question, I do want to do something excellent each day. I do really want to make some kind of difference in this world.

What I need to do is deliberately stop the busyness and distractions so that I can do both.

Doing Excellent Things

I also need to realize that I do make a difference in this world. I’m the husband of a beautiful and loving woman. For going on 28 years she’s chosen to live with me – and that’s an excellent thing.

I’m the father of three sons. Being a father is an excellent thing.

So what are other excellent things I can do today?

Think about this: I can get out of bed and breathe in and out.

What? That sounds pretty simplistic and not at all extraordinary. Certainly not excellent.

However, one of the most excellent things I can do today is, first, to be available to God’s calling.

God has a plan for me today. And God – being God – can only have excellent plans! I can begin my day by talking with God (prayer).

Secondly, I will do the things on my life-list for this day in the most excellent way I can. I will not do them just to get them done. I will do them to the best of my ability, using the gifts God has given me.

“More importantly, why should I do it?”

There are two aspects in the answer to this question.

The first is “Why wouldn’t you want to do something excellently?” I must be honest that the answer to that is not good. However, it is realistic. I’m lazy. I get easily distracted. I’m busy. I’ve got so MUCH to do.

Like I said, it isn’t a GOOD answer, but it is a real answer.

The second is looking at what Jesus Christ did. Everything Jesus did was excellent. Start with the creation of the universe. “And it was very good.” Then, from his birth to his life, to his death, to his resurrection, to his ascension – all that was done most excellently. He saved the entire world.

I want to be more Christ-like in my living so I want to do what I do today excellently.

And, through Baptism, that same excellent Christ lives in me! He not only shows me that he was excellent, he gives me the power to be excellent.

How can I NOT do an excellent thing this day?

God has called me to this time and place to do an excellent thing.

What is the most excellent thing I can do today?

How about you?


Heavenly Father, I’ve asked the question, “What’s the most excellent thing I can do today?” Help me find the answer in your Son, Jesus. Also in Jesus, give me the power to do excellent things today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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