Satisfaction In Excellence…


Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings

Proverbs 22:29

God is always teaching, shaping me as the potter shapes the clay. The lesson that I am learning is that working with excellence brings great satisfaction. You may be thinking, “Yeah, what’s your point?” The point is that I can get so consumed with churning out the finished project that I forget to enjoy the process. There is a difference between getting something done and doing something well. The crazy thing is that doing something well, doing something that you are proud of, brings such satisfaction! I work hard and go to bed satisfied. Working with excellence, whether as a student, a husband, a father, an employee, or a friend, satisfies because it pleases the heart of God. AND, it is what we are meant to do! I am beginning to understand Paul’s command in Ephesians 6:7, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men…” The trick to finding satisfaction is to work for the glory of God, not to get a raise, to get “noticed”, or to get a better grade. We work with excellence and God gives us satisfaction.

A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God

Ecclesiastes 2:24

Some tools I have made!

As promised, here are some of the tools that I have made! The black and gold tray will hold spark plugs when I am working on an engine. Each cylinder of an engine has two spark plugs. This adds redundancy (for safety) as well as provides a cleaner, more efficient burn of the fuel that also adds a little bit of power. The circular device will help me to find “top dead center” (when the piston reaches the top of its compression and exhaust stroke) of the first cylinder. The other two tools help with timing of a magneto, which I discussed last week. The two big projects that I finished last week were to take apart a carburetor and a magneto, inspect them, and then do an OPS check (operational check). Click Here to see a video of my “overhauled” carburetor and magneto in action!

The Engine!

Here is an Continental IO-520 engine. “I” stands for fuel injected, “O” stand for horizontally opposed cylinders (so the pistons work in opposing directions and cancel out some of the vibrations), and “520” stands for the cubic inches of displacement of all the cylinders combined. My job is to tear it down, fix what needs to be fixed, and put it back together! SWEET!

Thanks so much for all of your prayers! Have a blessed week and do all things with excellence! God Bless!!!


3 thoughts on “Satisfaction In Excellence…

  1. You and Jessica are on such an awesome journey…..and to figure out that it is not the destination but the journey that is important, at this point and time is remarkable. Blessings on you and your very special family!
    Carol & Ric

  2. We’ve been gone for the last month and have enjoyed reading your las few blogs to catch up with what you are all doing. Jeremiah is beautiful and what an added blessing. Congrats, Phil on passing all of your mechanics exams. What an amazing accomplishment! May God continue to Bless you all……………….

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