Are You Giving Less Than 100%?

May 4, 2011 — 15 Comments

Do you strive for excellence? How good is good enough?

What if we strived for 99 percent? That sounds good, doesn’t it? No more than one error in a hundred. But how good is that really?

99 percent means the following:

  • Loss of power for 7 hours each month
  • 24 problem landings or takeoffs at O’Hare airport each day
  • 30 million incorrect drug prescriptions annually
  • Unsafe drinking water for 15 minutes each day

I wonder if we are guilty of giving God less than 100%.

  • When we worship, are we giving Him 100% of our energy?
  • When we pray, are we giving Him 100% of our focus?
  • When we surrender, are we giving Him 100% of our heart?

Our busy culture and stressful lives ingrain in us the feeling of being behind. We feel like we’ll never get caught up. We feel like we are doing our best just to keep our heads above water.

The result? We abandon excellence for mediocrity. Dedication becomes obligation. And we do many things poorly instead of a few things well. Instead of being focused and committed, we are distracted indecisive.

Don’t become a victim of the 99% disease. Renew your commitment to live life fully. To give everything you have; to never settle for less than your best. Hold yourself to a high standard.

You’ll be glad you did.

God deserves more than 99%. God deserves our all.

What area of your life are you giving God less than 100%? You can comment by clicking here.

 

  • Julie

    Wow! Thanks for sharing your heart with everybody!

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Julie! :)

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Wow. Those examples really bring home your point. It’s time to step up the game a bit.

    Thanks for posting!

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      Thanks, Jeff. They really hit home with me, too. It grieves my heart when I
      think of how God must feel when I give Him less than my best…

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        Kind of brings the conviction, doesn’t it?

        • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

          Yes, it does. What if we were offered $100 for every hour we prayed? It’s
          sad that money can motivate us to give 100%, but “God’s riches in Christ
          Jesus” can’t…
          Hmmm. Think I’ll blog on that. :)

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            Looking forward to that post…

  • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

    I never give anything 100%. I don’t believe in “excellence” – I think that it’s one of Satan’s current favourite tools to distract us from what God really wants us to do. The only thing I think worth giving 100% to is Jesus and I’m not nieve enough to think I actually do give Him 100%.

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      You don’t believe in excellence? How do you think it is “one of Satan’s
      current favorite tools to distract us from what God really wants us to do”?

      • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

        I don’t see a scriptural mandate towards excellence. I know preachers have taken random verses to prove anything they want to say. This does not mean they are contextually accurate or reflect the heart of God.

        How Satan uses “excellence” is by bringing burdens, guilt and condemnation on people cos they struggle to reach man made heights. And who measures what is excellent? Definitely man, cos God looks at our hearts not our actions or how well we do stuff.

        Many churches and Christians get so caught up in being excellent that they forget they are called to be Christ like, to be all things to all people (very un-excellent in some cases), and to have a relationship with a God who doesn’t care how you look or sound on Sunday, whether you worship in the “right” way, hit targets made by men.

        Excellence is can be a current Christian version of “keeping up with the Joneses.” Just look at who is driving this fad.

        I don’t see God in excellence. I see anti – God stuff in excellence, like condemnation, feelings of failure, never taking time to rest, be still, love.

        • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

          I totally disagree, but I think it is a matter of definitions. You are equating “excellence” with perfection. To you it means guilt, condemnation, competition, hypocrisy, etc. That’s not what I’m talking about at all. I’m talking about the opposite of laziness.

          “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30)
          “All” means 100%.

          • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

            I’m happy to agree to disagree on this one Josh.

  • Anna B.

    This is great! It is so easy to give less then our best. In other words to be lazy. But I believe that we should follow Colossians 3:23, “And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” and Ecclesiatstes 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might;”

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      Amen!

  • Hutch

    Where can I get more facts about what would happen if people gave less than 100%?