One profound statement from my spiritual father that has shaped and helped my life is this; “In life, you need to get it right and get better. You will keep getting better until Christ comes.” I have lived by this statement over the years, and it has helped me greatly. Get it right and get better; what a wisdom!

Friend, life is about getting it right and getting better. Your first task is to get it right. Once you get it right, your next and continuous task is to keep getting better (Philippians 3:10-14). In getting it right, you need to ascertain your direction and clarify your steps (Ecclesiastes 10:10, 15). You cannot and should not get better on the wrong road. It would lead to a dead-end (Proverbs 14:12).

For a man who is on the wrong road, progress is not moving faster. It is making a U-turn (Acts 9:1-6). Most times, making a U-turn can be painful and costly, but it is still the wisest thing to do. Having invested five years in a wrong marital relationship, breaking such a relationship would be tough and costly. But it is better to break a wrong relationship than to suffer marital failure.

Perhaps you have not been called to start a church (1 Corinthians 7:20). May be your calling is in the secular world or other ministry offices. Closing that church can be tough. What would people say? How would I explain to people that I have been wrong all along? “What would people say?” has led many people into a future of frustration (SoS 1:6).

No matter how long it would take you to get it right, it is worth the effort. Getting it right would mean shutting in with God to receive His blueprint for your life (Galatians 1:15-16). You cannot afford to be running with other people’s mandate. You cannot afford to be doing trial and error (Romans 8:14, 2 Corinthians 5:7). You cannot afford to let what people would say to keep you from what God is saying. In all your getting, get direction (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

We would all keep getting better until Christ comes (Proverbs 4:18). This is what excellence is all about. Excellence is not perfection. It is getting better. It is to be better today than you were yesterday. It is pressing towards the mark of your high calling in Christ (Philippians 3:14). Mastering your life and assignment simply means that you are journeying with God on the road of consistency. You need to get it right and get better. Is this clear enough?

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria