The Pursuit of Excellence or Idolatry?

Some of us were talking the other day about some of the challenges that come in ministry and in work; about the drive to do things right and the discouragement that comes when it sometimes doesn’t work out as planned. I came across this in Carson’s book on prayer. It was a real challenge and encouragement. I think most of the book is quotable but here is a part,

Martyn Lloyd-Jones was one of the most influential preachers of the century. A few weeks before he died, someone asked him how, after decades of fruitful ministry and extraordinary activity, he was coping now he was suffering such serious weakness it took much energy to move from his bed to his armchair and back. He replied in the words of Luke 10:20: “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names ware written in heaven.” In other words, do not tie your joy, your sense of well-being, to power in ministry. Your ministry can be taken from you. Tie your joy to the fact you are known and loved by God; tie it to your salvation: tie it to the sublime truth that your name is written in heaven. That can never be taken from you. Lloyd-Jones added: “I am perfectly content.”

Here then is a practical test as to whether the excellence I pursue is really for the glory and praise of God or for my own self-image. If the things I value are taken away, is my joy in the Lord undiminished? Or am I so tied to my dreams that the destruction of my dreams means I am destroyed as well? Paul’s pursuit in prayer of what is excellent is not idolatrous; rather, it is bound up with praising God. He would have understood the ancient Irish hymn:

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
All else but naught to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.”

– A Call to Spiritual Reformation

Renovations at GS

We have been renovating the office. We added an addition to our loft and have set up desks below. Its been a big project! Here are a few pics.

Mitch is the foreman on the site since I got fired a while ago. I forgot to tell him that foremen are not supposed to work but sit in their trucks and drink coffee all day while pretending to talk on the phone. Now you know Mitch.

Jack volunteered to do our electrical work which is the most precise and quality electrical installation you will find anywhere.

How did we come to these colors? Les? Jim? Frog, Milan, our logo. Each had their influence. That and the fact that having stared at white walls for four years… well, something just kind of snapped.


Rod is the Director of the IT Department at GS… It is great being part of a small organization in that everyone of us gets to be director of something. Rod works for Wycliffe and comes out to give us a hand on Fridays. We would be stuck without him. He also brews a mean pot of coffee.


Jimu with the frog wall.


Dad and I have considered going into this full time. Might be alright.


Troy dusting the shelves… this is a new method.

We move desks tomorrow and I think the renovations are just about done… for now.