I came across this statement by William Arthur Ward recently and loved it so much I just had to share it! When you read it the first time, it will sound nice and maybe even a bit trite. But read it again slowly, pausing to meditate and consider each phrase and what it really means. It was when I did this that the statement went from nice to profound. It is about not being content with the status quo. It is about striving for excellence instead of mere existence. In a nutshell it is about "second-mile" Christianity, as presented in the following verses.
"And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain." (Matthew 5:41)
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might..." (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" (Colossians 3:23)
Now for the quote...
Do more than belong: participate.
Do more than care: help.
Do more than believe: practice.
Do more than be fair: be kind.
Do more than forgive: forget.
Do more than dream: work.
-William Arthur Ward
I wonder what would happen if every Christian in the world would purpose to reject the philosophy that says "it's good enough" and instead embrace a new philosophy: "above and beyond for Jesus".