The quality goes in before the name goes on

Have you ever visited a business establishment and asked the secretary or host a question, and they made you feel as though you were bothering them?

Today, this seems to be the quality of service that people are giving. When I look at the quality of work at many construction sites, it is atrocious to say the least. Even if the work is incomplete, the contractors want full payment for an incomplete job. What is worse, they do not care about the quality of their own work.

What is the quality of your work or business?

Do you have pride in what you do?

There is a restaurant that my wife and I frequently visit, and I cannot ever recall going into their restroom and finding it dirty. Generally, if the restroom is filthy at an eating facility, the chances are pretty high that the cooks and management have a low standard in terms of the quality food and service. In fact, this type of restaurant may not be a good place to eat.

I am a pastor who happens to own a casual, fine dining restaurant. One of the things that I continually gauge is the cleanliness of our facility, ensuring that the high level of service is maintained.

The same principle applies to my house, church, and quality of work. My motto is, “In Pursuit of Excellence.”

While growing up in the sixties, there was a commercial about a Zenith product that has stayed with me to this day. Its slogan was, “The quality goes in before the name goes on.” The indication was that unless the product meets the company’s quality standard, the product does not warrant the name of the company. They only wanted their name associated with a quality product.

I certainly would not want my name associated with substandard work. Your work speaks volumes about you as a person. Make sure that you place the highest quality in your business, work, or services before you tag your name on.

Balance, faith, and patience are needed for Success

If balance is the key to life, then, faith is the power of life, and patience is the virtue of life. It is quite easy to talk about how one’s life needs balance; but how to achieve it has escaped the majority. Achieving balance is very difficult because it involves knowledge, wisdom, tenacity, and action. In your Bible, the book of James says that we must not be hearers of the word only, but also doers of the word. This is where the problem comes into the equation. Most Christians are good at hearing the word, but lousy at doing it. Balance, then, is formed out of the Word of God immediately made actionable. Faith is the power of life because it produces the ability to be tenacious. Power is power; and it has no alternative to its strength and supremacy. Faith rests in its own pool of authority, and it is the force behind every movement and action. Patience is the virtue of life. It is the quality of character and the strategy in winning. The Bible says that the trying of your faith produces patience. Patience is needed in order to qualify the balance in one’s life; or else everything will be done in life without forethought and purpose. Since most Christians are good at hearing the word of God (instructions) and terrible when it comes to obeying it, failure is frequently inevitable. Balance is not leveling every quality off to the same degree; it is placing the importance on each quality regardless of its magnitude. When balance is achieved, it looks like the display of an equalizer. Perfect harmony is realized because balance has been accomplished. This kind of action results not only in life becoming manageable, but also victorious.

What is the quality of your work?

The Bible teaches us that Jesus was the son of a carpenter; and usually during the days of antiquity, sons would mirror the labor habits of their fathers. No doubt, Jesus mimicked the trade of His father, Joseph. Some scholars teach that Jesus’ carpentry skill was that He actually designed and made furniture. Whether He built furniture or homes is not relevant to my point. My aim is to point out the fact that His work had to be of the highest quality, which seems to be missing among contractors today. Since I have dealt with contractors and subcontractors for a number of years, I see a common thread that seems to lump at least ninety percent of the contractors in the same pile. A lack of quality and meticulousness goes into the products of many of these builders because somewhere along the line, many were taught to cut corners. Because Jesus was a man of ethics, everything He did was ethical and He was forthright in dealing with His customers. I have seen apparent flaws in the work of many builders at these construction sites and when asked about the flaw, they simply explain them away or say that the finishers will cover it up and you will never know the difference. But that is to the contrary. If I have seen the flaws in the framing of a house, then I am fully aware of what the sheetrock is covering up. Every builder can make a house look good on the outside, but it is what’s on the inside that determines the longevity of the house. The integrity of a house is not in how it looks on the outside, but rather how it is built on the inside. The Bible informs us that God said, “…man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” Refuse to be a person who cuts corners and works fast, but rather a person who does something right the first time so that it does not have to be done again.

Are you a model for success?

Are you a model for success? Do you display the qualities of a successful person in life? Have you stopped to look back to see how far you have come? One of the worst things an individual can do is to compare what they have done to what someone else has done. To do so would be unfair to you; making it very difficult for you to gauge whether you are having any real success or not. The reason is that when others come into play while you are measuring your success, you cannot possibly know what the other person’s pluses and minuses are. The assessment would be unfair because of the different assignments we all have in life. Therefore, your gauge should not be against another person, but against yourself. Scan your past, compute your distance, calculate your height, and then process your own results. High performers know how to consistently excel because they are continually monitoring and regulating their every act. Even the most talented people can fall into a habit of poor performance. Only with the right attitude and the willingness to pay the ultimate price for success in life and business will you guarantee your success. Being brutally honest about what you are doing wrong is the only true way to change. If you can face the truth about your past and present, excelling toward your accomplishment is only a matter of simple determination. God is the only true source of power that can be used to overcome dissuasion. The only thing that remains is learning how to use God’s power that He has made available to you.

Faith: A Powerful Tool & Weapon

As Christians begin their journey of growth in the Lord, they are to realize the challenges that lie ahead. These challenges are not your run of the mill trials, they are situations set up by the devil to take a Christian out. Satan realizes that Christians have been equipped with a powerful tool and weapon called faith. Faith is the link to everything in your Christian walk. If a Christian fails to conduct and live their life by faith, they have failed to please God. For the Bible declares that without faith it is impossible to please God. There is nothing more attractive to God than a breathing faith. In all my years of studying the Word of God, I have yet to find a scripture where Jesus applauds how a Christian impressed Him with their love. I am not diminishing the major necessity of love, for God is love. But on the other hand, I have read several passages where Jesus raved about an active faith. Jesus celebrated the faith of the Roman centurion soldier; rewarded the faith of the persistent woman; saw the faith of the four men carrying the paralytic; and healed the blind man according to his faith. Faith is like a muscle. In order for you to get the maximum use out of your faith, you must develop it with use. This is why the Bible speaks of little faith, strong in faith, where is your faith, weak in faith and one not having much faith. Consequently, the Bible is clear about how faith must be developed in order to become strong faith. Delve into God’s word and discover how you can develop strong faith that will cause you to walk in victory every day of your life.

Success begins with belief

The power to believe is the most explosive energy that can be released in the heart of a person. Neutrality is the position of belief; its force will move in the direction that a person aims. The effects of belief are just as powerful when moving toward negativity as it is when it’s targeted toward positive things. Nonetheless, believing is everything when it comes to success. What you choose to believe makes all the difference between failure and success. Henry Ford was the man who said, “The man who believes that he can and the man that believes he cannot are both right.” Your life story is not written with a pen, but with your actions. To do nothing is the way to be nothing. I have learned to never place a question mark where God places a period. Believing something does not make it so. You can believe that there is a Santa Claus, but that does not make it so. Believing is the first step toward accomplishment. However, accomplishment comes when you have faith for what you believe. Jesus said, “Believe in God, believe also in Me…” The initial aim of your believing should be to believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit do exist. Then, you must believe in His word, His prophets, and last, yourself. Believing in this order solidifies why you should believe in yourself. As you believe in this order, your heart will burst into a thousand suns of energy to accomplish anything you set your faith to believe. Only then are all things possible to him that believes. Dare to believe; and faith will find a way for it to happen.

Have you taken a close look inside yourself?

Have you taken a close look inside yourself to see who and what kind of person you really are? Are you completely happy with your life and the direction it is going? Are you living in the present with regrets of your past? If you owned a successful small business and there was no room for error in hiring the right personnel, and the position demanded the pay of a million dollars annually, would you feel confident in hiring yourself? You would be surprised at how few people trust themselves with someone else’s things. Of course, no one wants to be responsible for losing another person’s most prized possession. However, consider what it says about a person who does not trust him or herself with another person’s things. Being irresponsible does not exempt a person from having to be responsible. The road to success is filled with you carrying the stuff others have poured into you; and you are expected to live the results of your mentors’ great information. People are born with the responsibility of living God’s plan for their lives. Your life is a gift from God, and the success you make out of your life is your gift to God. Paraphrasing what the Bible says, “If you cannot take care of what belongs to another man, how can God trust you with what is your own?” The engine that drives you to success is passion and persistence. Without it, you have nothing which can take you nowhere.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

-Calvin Coolidge.