I recently saw something at a high school baseball game that I had never seen before. A batter drew a walk and tossed his bat toward the dugout. However, his bat landed far short of where he intended. Most players would have just shrugged it off and continued toward first base, leaving the job of retrieving the bat to someone else. But this young man wasn’t content to do that. Not pleased with his initial effort, he jogged over to the bat and gave it a second toss. This time it landed in a much more appropriate spot. Now satisfied, the runner proceeded to take his base.
It might seem like a small, unimportant incident, but I think there is much to be said in favor of doing things the right way—even the small tasks. Jesus wasn’t content with giving a mediocre effort. At one point during his ministry, “People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said…” (Mark 7:37).
We ought to follow the example of Jesus and try to achieve excellence in all that we do.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”—Ecclesiastes 9:10.