Be an Overachiever

by Joanna Pierce on July 24, 2019

I’m an overachiever. I’m not saying that to be boastful; it’s just something I’ve learned about myself over the years. My goal isn’t to oust anyone, but I’m driven to do more because overachieving means something different to me than most people. Achieving is a requirement, but overachieving is what I’ve chosen to do beyond the obligation or necessity.

It doesn’t matter what it is, I’ll find a way to overachieve. If I know I need to exercise 30 minutes, I’ll push to get that extra 5 minutes in post the 30-minute threshold. I really feel accomplished when I’ve surpassed an hour. When dusting a bookshelf, while a topical dusting would suffice, I pull down every book, dust it cover-to-cover, put it back on the shelf, and get out a yardstick to shear up the spines. If volunteering for a specific timeslot, I stay well over my allotted time because I’m an extra pair of hands.

I’m not an overachiever on my own accord. I believe God created this desire primarily to influence one particular area. If I’m truly going to use this trait effectively it should be in my relationship with God.

And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers. And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness (II Chronicles 30:22–23, KJV).

In the Old Testament, Israel was required to observe the Passover for 7 days. This was mandated by law; they had to do it. But, something interesting happened at this point in history. Under the leadership of Hezekiah, when the 7 days neared completion, the people were moved by what I’ll call an “overachiever spirit.” Revelation came to God’s people that 7 days, albeit the requirement, weren’t enough. They couldn’t be satisfied with just doing the minimal for God. They were going to be overachievers—fulfilling the requirement and then choosing to go beyond the obligation. They decided to celebrate the Passover another 7 days.

When God’s people look at the law and not only follow it but look for a way to do more than the “bare minimum,” this stirs something in my spirit. They listened to the inner desire to drive forward and weren’t satisfied with the status quo. When we serve a great and awesome God, why wouldn’t we desire to be an overachiever? How can we be satisfied with just following the requirements?

Our more, overachiever mentality with God—in whatever form—shows God we’re committed and we’re serious about serving Him. We were created to fellowship with and serve Him, but when we overachieve with God, we tell the Lord serving Him isn’t just a requirement for us, it’s a choice.

Here’s your choice as an overachiever: Tithing is a requirement, but an overachiever gives additional offerings. Praying is a requirement, but an overachiever gets lost in the spirit of intercession. Reading the Word is a requirement, but an overachiever gets lost in its pages for hours in study. Not forsaking the assembly of the church is a requirement, but an overachiever gets involved with ministry and volunteers. Loving people is a requirement, but an overachiever goes out of their way to interact with someone and make them feel loved and appreciated.

What are you going to choose today? Are you going to be a just-enough-Christian and have a mediocre walk with God? Or, are you going to go the extra mile, do more than the requirement, and make sure your Lord and Savior knows that you desire Him more than anything else in this world? Don’t just meet the requirement. Do more and see how God responds to the overachiever.