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Why I Don't (and Won't) Settle for Less

People call me perfectionist but I wouldn't consider myself one for I, too, have many imperfections. I would rather describe myself as "one who doesn't settle for less." Para sa akin, hindi pwedeng "pwede na.

Even before the GMC Vision and Mission Statement was created, it has already been my battle cry to give my "utmost" in everything. My personal statement soon became an oath recited daily by the employees of the CFC Global Mission Center: "We are CFC missionaries who give our utmost in serving God's servants." 

Just last Saturday, God affirmed that principle through our new sector fulltime worker, Kuya Jay Laquian, who shared that one of the things he learned from his wife was the idea that "good is never enough for God." 

Yes, "good is never enough." In our local language, "hindi pwedeng pwede na." 

If we do everything to glorify God, then we must do them excellently. We give our utmost, simply because God has never been "kuripot" in giving us everything that we need. If only we would take time to really count our blessings, then we would easily realize that God has been so generous all our lives. He gives everything in abundance. It's just that sometimes, we are not yet ready to receive them. 

Furthermore, God gave His all when He gave the world His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to save all of creation by His death and resurrection. This is the kind of God that we serve. And how do we serve Him? 

The saints have taught us by the example of their lives that the path to holiness is doing the ordinary things extraordinarily. One of the wisest words from Mother Teresa summarizes it: not all of us are capable of doing great things, only small things with great love. 

Thus, whether it's as simple as cooking, doing the laundry, washing the dishes, cleaning the house, watering the plants, or feeding the dog, it can be a great way of giving back to God, loving Him as He ought to be loved, serving Him with our utmost. 

God deserves not what is left, but what is right. And what is right, is nothing but our best, nothing but our all. After all, from him to whom much is given, much is also expected (Luke 12:48).

That's the reason why I don't and will never settle for less. Because God has prepared nothing but the best for me. He was not content in giving me life, but He desired for me to have it to the full (John 10:10). And because the only way I can love God back is by giving Him nothing less than my very best. That in everything I do, think, and say, God is glorified all the more. ♥

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