It’s a virtue to live up to our God-given potential. It’s a trap, however, to seek to be perfect—only Jesus, true God and true man, was perfect. So, what would it look like for us as children of God to pursue excellence? To truly do so, we would need to acknowledge who we are: imperfect (read: sinful) people fully redeemed by Christ, called not to live for self but for Him who gave Himself for us. Our pursuit of excellence would find expression in serving our neighbor with the gifts that God has given us, in the perfect love Christ has showered on us, and in the strength the Lord provides us. Have you fallen into the trap of trying to be perfect? Or had you given up altogether at some point? How is the Jesus calling you today to serve others with excellence, in the power that He gives?