“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”~James 2: 14-17
For most of my life, I’ve been above average at everything I’ve done. And unfortunately in some close circles my work is considered exceptional! The truth is that I’ve always wanted a higher level of success than what I’ve tried to accomplish, let alone what I’ve actually achieved. The harsh reality that I’m recently facing is that I have to admit that my accomplishments are merely what was expected of me. I’ve done nothing that no one thought I couldn’t do; nothing that seemed like a long shot. Now it’s time to do more! And what better thing to do than to live the life of my wildest dreams?!?!
So far, it has taken an incredible amount of energy to begin building momentum to perform at a level of excellence at all times. Working on this project reminds me of the beginning of law school when I had an angry-cry session because “I knew it was going to be hard, I just didn’t think it was going to be THIS hard!” LOL. I needed to rely more on my work than having faith in my intelligence. In school, I just focused on my faith because faith doesn’t come with a syllabus. When it came to my schoolwork, I did exactly what the syllabus outlined to get the grade I wanted.
Now, I’ve seen what faith can do and I have a clearer understanding of it. Unfortunately, the work that I need to do to create the life that I desire is completely unspecified. There is no syllabus and the road to excellence is guaranteed to be hard and likely very different from what I could possibly imagine. Nonetheless, I’m going to keep pushing forward at least with a goal and attitude of excellence. I’m ready for whatever comes next…..