If we are willing to settle for less than the best, we can be sure that less is exactly what we will get. (Cal Thomas, columnist)

A lot of organizations include “excellence” in their list of values. They claim to strive for distinction in their work, and we commend such efforts. Many find, however, that the pursuit of quality achievement is difficult and requires dedicated time and hard work. Some give up in that pursuit. The result is often a disappointment that could have been avoided.

Finally, brothers and sisters . . . whatever is noble . . . admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8).