Day 15: Excellence (January 15)

Recently, while watching TV, all of a sudden I heard God speak to me, “Excellence”. I was slightly startled and He repeated, “Excellence”, and then I felt a lifting in my spirit, and a swell of His Presence wash over me as He spoke promises over me, and fear melted off of me as the fire of the Holy Spirit sparked inside my heart.

This was a very significant moment for me because for years I held back excellence because of some strange concern with making others think I thought I was better than them, or so people didn’t think I was irritating or “too much”.  I suppressed my zeal and enthusiasm in worshiping the One publicly because I didn’t want to call attention to myself or make others uncomfortable.  (Now as I think over that last statement, I am more convinced than ever, that sometimes people need to be made uncomfortable….so maybe they will start wanting more of Him too.)

One day while standing on stage as a part of a worship team, God poured a vision over me.  I saw Him holding a baby wrapped in a blanket like a newborn.  He then, with full pleasure and excitement, held that baby out so everyone around could see, and with great joy in His voice He said, “Look at this one!! Look at my precious one! This one is mine!”  I realized I was that baby!!  From that day forward, I released myself to worship with full enthusiasm no matter what.  No matter where I worship, or who is watching.  Honestly I don’t care anymore, because worship was never meant to be focused on them anyway.  It’s all about Him.  It’s all from the overflow of love for Him that I carry deep in my heart.  I worship as one who is deeply  and passionately in love and totally unashamed of public displays of affection. That was the day He released me to worship Him publicly, just like I do in the secret place, with total abandon.

If the God of all the earth created me…..why not shine brightly for His glory?

Should a diamond hold back its brilliance so the emeralds don’t feel inferior?  Or should a sapphire remain dull so the topaz doesn’t get envious?  NO! Each jewel has a beauty all its own, and when each shines brightly it actually increases the brilliance of those around it!

Imagine a world where we all discovered how to shine brilliantly for His glory?!  He is glorious and He lives inside of me.  I should shine.  You should shine.

Shine bright! Not for your own glory, but for His!  He IS glorified when we are exactly who He created us to be.

I want to be all He created me to be.  Not one part wasted.


Take a minute and think about how you are meant to shine for His glory.  We all have something special to share with the world.  Ask God to shine His light into your heart, so you can see any areas where you may be holding back a light that was meant to be shared!  None of this is about being the center of attention or feeling self-important.  Actually, it’s about discovering the true humility of walking out your place in His Kingdom boldly.  Some of my most powerful moments don’t actually come with a loud voice or a super public display, often times the moments I feel Him move most are when I quietly surrender and give Him permission to move freely without me trying to control it.

Lord, hold me close so I can shine brightly for You.  I am Yours.  Let every fear of man inside me melt off like wax that I might shine without hindrance before You!  No matter what my calling or anointing or gifting is, I know You created me to shine for You.


Twinkle, twinkle little star!  Shine brightly by discovering who you are!  Shining like a light on a hill.  Guiding others closer to the heart of the King. Twinkle, twinkle little star! Shine for Him just as you are.

You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its savor, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  You are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket.  Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.  Matthew 5:13-16


But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.  Proverbs 4:18


Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

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