Excellence is difficult to obtain. By definition, excellence isn’t normal; it is exceptional. That’s why excellence fascinates us and captures our attention. We recognize that it isn’t easy to achieve, and to witness excellence is to witness something wonderfully abnormal. One of my favorite quotes comes from Muhammad Ali, who obviously achieved an amazing level of excellence as a boxer. He said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'”

Ali knew that to achieve the level of excellence required to be a champion, he would have to work harder than normal, and sacrifice far more than typically expected. He knew that becoming a champion was more about what he did before he stepped into the ring. Excellence was forged in the days and weeks of trainingHeroes - Part 2 and sacrifice. Each time he stepped into the ring, it was the opportunity to reveal the results of that dedication and sacrifice.

We seldom focus on what happens behind the attention-grabbing action, but that is where excellence actually begins. This Sunday at Liberty Hill we’ll be looking at the actions of an Old Testament hero, and then taking a look beyond the action. What we’ll see is that each one of us can experience the greatness of God, and that He can do extraordinary things in our lives. Join us at 10:30 AM as we see that excellence hides in unusual places.

Grace Received,

Joe Payne