Ain’t No Half-Steppin’


“Either you gonna do it right, or you ain’t gonna do it!”

I can’t pinpoint when my dad taught me this concept, but it is a concept I’ve learned from him, nonetheless. Operating in excellence. All ways do, or give, your best. These are the ideals that I try to exemplify in my ministry, my business and my life.

The best definition I’ve ever heard for excellence came from my friend, Eric. Our church invited Eric, a regional director for FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), to speak for a sports themed service. At that time we had a small youth choir on the program to sing. There were about 10 kids, from babies to teenagers, who were quite a misfit bunch. Eric admitted that he didn’t expect much from this choir, but when they opened their mouths to sing, he was blown away.

He said, “This choir is excellent, in that they gave me more than I was expecting.”

That concept has stuck with me. Excellence is giving them more than they expect. When it comes down to doing what we do, be it ministry, business, or whatever, ain’t no half-steppin’. There’s no cutting corners. Instead of being a butter knife, be a machete. Like my father said, you’re either going to do it right or not at all.

Giving a half-hearted effort not only cheats the people you’re serving, but it also cheats the God who made you. Whatever you buy, you want it to work at its optimal level, right? Well God is the same way with you. He made you excellently, for and excellent purpose; so He expects nothing less than excellence from you. To be clear excellence is not extravagance, but it is simply going further thanks “they” expect.

Solomon, the wisest man in biblical history, said it best. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10a, English Standard Version).


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Ain’t No Half-Steppin’” was written by Antonio Hardy  Produced by Marley Marl. Performed by Big Daddy Kane. Released 1988.


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