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Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

At 211˚ water is hot. At 212˚ it boils. With boiling water comes steam, and with steam you can power a train. Just one extra degree makes all the difference between something hot, and something extremely powerful.

I wish these were original thoughts, but the truth is much of what I’m relaying is paraphrased from Sam Parker. Sam is an author and motivational speaker whose resources we have used at my architecture firm. I encourage you to see if some of his ideas are useful to you.

Did you know that in professional golf over a 25 year period that the four “majors” have been decided on average by 2 strokes over a 4 day period? That’s ½ stroke per day. Playoffs are required to decide the winner 28% of the time. The average payout for the winner is 78% more than second place.

The Olympics are coming soon. The difference between a Gold Medal and nothing is usually a fraction of a second or a fraction of an inch.

The Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 take approximately 3 ½ hours and are typically decided by a fraction of a second. The winner takes home about twice as much as second place.

Yes, this is about working a little harder, and a little smarter, putting forth a little extra effort; that small fraction that makes the difference between being good, and being great. It’s much more than that though. It’s not simply the desire to do better it’s the absolute commitment to it. The persistent, unrelenting, application of heat to raise the temperature just one more degree (even when cold water falls on your plans).

The application of this is not just in your business, but in your home, in your relationships, in your church, and in your community. Can’t we all be better friends, better spouses, better parents, and better servants? With Awareness comes responsibility. You are now aware. Make a commitment to serve God’s purpose and make a powerful difference.

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