"Walk in Excellence" - Wednesday, August 25, 2016 - submitted by Dianne Prince
How do you say, “thank you” to a God who owns everything, is every where at the same time, and knows all things? How do you express gratitude to a God who gave you everything you have? How do you convey your gratefulness to a God who stepped out on nothing, and said, “Let there be”, and the world was created by His Word?
The answer is simple. We thank God by striving to live a life of excellence, and by making every effort to be obedient to His Word. We thank God by walking differently, by talking differently and by acting differently. 1 Peter 2:9 declares, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
You can not live any kind of way, do anything you want to do, go anyplace you want to go, say anything you want to say, treat people any way you want to treat them, and delight God at the same time. The way to God’s heart is to go all out to live a life of excellence every moment of the day. The way to make God smile is to do your best to stay in His will every second of every hour.
A Christian of excellence is a person who works hard to please God. He or she studies the scriptures to understand how God wants him or her to live. A person trying to please God wakes up every morning with the goodness of God on his mind. He goes about his day looking for opportunities to help somebody.
A person of excellence ends his day looking back on all that went on over the course of the day. And it may not have been a “good” day, but he thanks God anyhow. Why? He knows God was at the center of all that went on during the day.
A person of excellence does not get caught up in a world that focuses on “me, myself and I”. He does not practice “an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth. But he “does unto others as he would have others do unto him.”
When you are a person of excellence, you are not surprised at what people do and what people say. A person of excellence is not surprised when people tell him one thing and does another. He is not alarmed when his child ends up making a life-altering choice, on drugs or even pregnant as a teenager.
A person of excellence does not stay home from church on Sunday just because he is having a less than perfect day; and, he is not anxious when trouble comes.
A person of excellence does not get involved with “he-say-she-say”, with “child have you heard”, or with “girl, let me tell you what happened”.
A person of excellence does not involve himself with what is going on in somebody else’s house, somebody else’s life, and somebody else’s family. Why? He realizes he has enough issues in his own home and in his own life to keep them occupied.
A person of excellence loves folks who hate him, helps folk who hurt him, forgives folks who treat him wrong, prays for folks who dig ditches for him, and blesses folks who use him.
A person of excellence keeps on in the midst of adversity, runs on in the midst of the storm, walks by faith and not by sight, and courageously waits on the Lord.
Before the beginning of time, God set you apart to do a great work. His primary purpose is for you praise Him by being obedient to His Word. His desire is that you express your love for Him through your daily walk, your daily choices, and your daily actions. He has prepared a path of good works for you—works of excellence.
God will perform good works in and through you, as you strive to walk in excellence.