A March Note from Pastor Rich

For a quarter century Ben Bradlee (1921-2014) was executive editor of The Washington Post. He brought the paper into prominence, and was the one who trusted the hunch of two young reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, that Watergate was more than what President Nixon dismissed as a “third-rate burglary.” After Bradlee retired in 1991, he wrote his 1995 memoir, A Good Life. In this volume he noted his motto for journalism: “Put out the best, most honest newspaper you can today, and put out a better one tomorrow.”

Perhaps that is a good motto for all of us:

“Love today the best you can, and love better tomorrow.”
“Enjoy life today, and enjoy it better tomorrow.”
“Communicate peace today, and communicate peace better tomorrow.”
“Be patient today the best you can, and be more patient tomorrow.”
“Show kindness today, and show more kindness tomorrow.”
“Show goodness today, and show more goodness tomorrow.”
“Be faithful today, and be more faithful tomorrow.”
“Speak with gentleness today and speak with more gentleness tomorrow.”
“Walk with self-control today, and walk with more self-control tomorrow.”
“Preach the best sermon you can today, and preach a better one next week.”
“Teach the best class you can today, and teach a better one tomorrow.”
“Serve people the best you can today, and serve them better tomorrow.”
“Share the Gospel the best you can today, and share it better tomorrow.”

Actually, there is no end to this list. It could go on into every area of life and perhaps there is some area or responsibility in your life where you could create your own “today and tomorrow”. The words of the Apostle Paul fit here: “Whether, then, you eat or drink or WHATEVER you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Cor. 10:31). The emphasis here is on the “whatever.” Anything you and I do, we should do with the best effort, the best of excellence, to the glory of God. What we do should be something that upholds the very reputation of God and giving your best today with the intent of doing even better tomorrow is a good compass for finding excellence. Willie Mays once said, “It isn’t hard to be good from time to time. What’s tough is being good every day.”

In the 1870’s Frederic Auguste Bartholdi created the Statue of Liberty. You have probably never looked at the top of Lady Liberty’s head. I have. You would be interested to know the top of the lady’s head was done with painstaking detail and precision. The sculptor no doubt believed the only eyes that would see that detail would be the uncritical eyes of sea gulls. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi in the 1870’s could not have dreamt that any man would ever fly (LOW AND SLOW as in a helicopter) over that head, but because he was an artist with integrity, he finished off even the top of the head with as much care as he had devoted to her face, her arms, the torch, and everything that people can see as they sail up the bay.

What do you do for God? What do you do for your spouse, children, family? What do you do for your job, boss, and career? Let’s think “Excellence” and do a little better at the same job tomorrow than we did today.

Serving Christ Together,
Pastor Rich