The Enemy of Excellence can, at times, be a very strong force in our lives. Sometimes, we find ourselves in an environment oppressive to the excellence we seek, and the celebrated mediocrity of the environment gives voice to this enemy. But the person who pursues excellence is committed to a different path, a path with no short cuts, but a great reward. In order to achieve excellence, we must ignore the voices around us, or even within us that are trying to drag us into mediocrity or worse. We must cling to and know that excellence is a road worth traveling, and no one, including ourselves, has the right to bump us from it.
The voice of the Enemy sometimes, and most dangerously, resides from within us. For fear of being snooty, or desire to fit in, or doubts of our abilities, we dumb down our pursuit or excellence and just skate by. But the world is not changed by people who merely skate by, it was, and is changed by excellent people.
So to the person who desires excellence in their life, let nothing and no one deter you from this path, because this path, though rough, is the path or a world changer. Go and run down it, trusting that Isaiah 58:11 holds true that “The Lord will guide you always…and will strengthen your frame.”