Challenge Your Assumptions!
Why do you do what you do? Why do you believe what you believe?
Most of your actions and your beliefs are based on assumptions that you have held for years. Are those assumptions blessing you and those you serve?
Take the next few days and carefully go through the different areas of your life - marriage, children, family, church, beliefs, business - and ask yourself how you think things are going. When you have thought it through, ask someone in each arena how they think you are doing - some one who will tell you the truth.
If all is well, then no problem. However, if your wife tells you your marriage could be better, or your kids are hesitant to talk, or your church isn't growing and lives aren't changing, then ask yourself, "What assumptions do I have that are not working?"
You may have gotten those assumptions from your parents, a book, something you decided years ago, or from someone else's example, but if they are not...
This IS your job and your calling! It is not just to impact the people who are present in your audience, it is about all the people that THEY know and will impact for generations.
So, you MUST operate in excellence. Prepare in excellence, work in excellence, perfect the message that God has given, pray diligently, because the message that you are delivering is for 10, 20 and 100 years from now.
Don't you dare settle!
The lives of the people to whom you speak will change, they will change the people around them, they will change their children, who will change their children. And one day, God will introduce you to all the people your message impacted because YOU were diligent and faithful to the calling God has on your life.