I am currently watching the play by play gamecast of the University of Oregon Ducks against the New Mexico Lobos. Now it is only half-time so I don’t want to brag or get cocky but 59-0 is a substantial lead. But what I am talking about here isn’t about the score, it is about the interworkings of the team. The Ducks “fired” QB Jeremiah Masoli, because of his bad behavior off the field, he may of been the “best” QB for the Ducks; But what he wasn’t, was an upright individual. Also suspended for one game is Lamarcus James the star RB for the Ducks, for his off the field harassment of his girlfriend.To add to that, last year in the season opener RB Le Garret Blount punched a Boise State Bronco. Oregon suspended him for the regular season after one game. Now this is only the first game, but still the Ducks are managing to show something. That seeking excellence in all aspects is greater than just seeking it in one area or another.
Why is Oregon getting rid of all these star players? Because they understand excellence. That if in life, if we want to be excellent, we have to be in all areas of our lives. We cannot just put on a show like we are good citizens when we are playing in front of thousands, we have to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of what we want to be. As someone who wants to be a Pastor this is something that I have to remember that 1 Timothy 3:1-13
1Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer,[a]he desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.8Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.11In the same way, their wives[b] are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.12A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Excellence in all aspects will make us a better part of the body, because all that flows out of our lives is excellence.