Core Values: Excellence in all things

Gary Nichols

Core Values: Excellence in all things

Excellence is never an accident. It is the result of high intention, sincere effort,   intelligent devotion, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities. The biggest challenge we face in our pursuit of excellence is our   own fears. Psychologists have identified five universal fears we all face that hold      us back from reaching our full potential. 

Monday  The Fear of Failure.
Many people will avoid attempting something unless they are confident they can succeed. They believe that success makes them worthwhile. They believe that any failing will affect how they are seen by others and define their self-image as worthless. Read 1 Peter 2:9. What does God say should define your worth?

Tuesday The Fear of Rejection.
Some people avoid relationships with others. They fear that if they get close to others, their faults and flaws will be exposed. Since, in their mind, personal imperfections are unacceptable, they fear others disapproval. Read Romans 8:38-39. How  do these verses give us confidence in God’s approval of us?

Wednesday The Fear of the Unknown.
We often worry about how something is going to turn out. Because we fear something going wrong, we attempt to control the outcome. When we “take control”, we take control from God. Controlling behaviors often demonstrate lack of trust in God to create an outcome that is in our best interest. Read Matthew 5:25-34. Do you trust God to provide His best for your life? Why or why not?

Thursday The Fear of Inadequacy.
Inadequacy is the fear of not being good enough. There are two questions that   every believer must settle as soon as possible. The first one is, does God fully    accept me? The second, if so, upon what basis does He accept me? What is your personal answer to these two questions? Read Romans 5:1. What is the basis of   our acceptance by God?

Friday The Fear of Fear.
The fear of fear is the basis for all anxieties. Anxiety is the belief that something   bad is going to happen. Bad things happen in life. It’s inevitable. However, when  people constantly fear something bad happening they may avoid opportunities    God has to use them and grow them. Read Philippians 4: 6-8. What does this say about God’s antidote for anxiety?