We easily look for excellence from others yet hardly give it to others. Often we define what it means to be excellent but unless we take time to know where these traits come from, we will end up acting as excellent people but not living excellent lives. When we know where seeds of excellence come from, our lives will turn out to be productive yet enjoyable since we will stop trying to reach certain standards that have been predefined rather we begin setting the very standards to be emulated.
Besides honor to our leaders and integrity, which we noted previously, a few other things are needed to walk in a life of excellence as demonstrated by Daniel. These are:
This is where our gifting comes into play, it means doing what I am meant to do in the time I am expected to do it i.e. giving first class service. However many of us do not deliver what is expected of us, as we conform to giving bare minimum results in our different vocations.
Reading books on how to be effective in managing time, meeting deadlines, following schedules and the likes will not help unless we begin to walk in purpose. Unless I do what I was created to do, I will never deliver the best results.
We are all unique beings with specific roles on this world that are unique to our gifts and passions; but because we fail to embrace our uniqueness we become copies of others and never the real deal. We can only give the best when we are the best at what we do, Einstein put it this way, “Everyone is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live all its life thinking it’s stupid.” Sadly the world is filled with such people who are like fish trying to climb trees, all because they have not connected to their God-given purpose.
Purpose goes beyond money and yet it does not necessarily mean preaching; our purpose as human beings is to worship God regardless the vocation. When my talents and resources are fully aligned to bringing glory to Him, then I walk in purpose. God does not want us to leave our desires, in fact he longs to fulfill our desires but we need to align them to His will. He put those desires in our hearts all for His glory and our part is to constantly listen to Him and seek Him so that it becomes clearer as to where He wants us to go.
Daniel knew his duty at the time and it was simply to be a servant of the king; he focused on the job and brought good results unlike the governors and satraps who focused on attaining leadership yet failed to deliver. This is what set Daniel apart from the rest-delivery based on purpose.
Daniel 5:13-16a Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke, and said to Daniel, “Are you that Daniel who is one of the captives from Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah? I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you. Now the wise men, the astrologers have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not give the interpretation of the thing. And I have heard of you that you can give interpretations and give enigmas..
Giving good results is a good thing, but doing it over and over again is a better thing. Consistency simply means giving first class service all the time. It is easy to start something off with the right perspective but doing it consistently will define our excellence. Pressing on even when everything else seems to put you off comes from a place of passion. Unless we love what we do, we cannot give the best results all the time.
We often get into careers with the wrong perspective and ambitions, venturing into things that do not excite us just because the opportunity presented itself or the financial gain. However inasmuch as these things can have us start well, it is only passion that can keep us doing it well.The sad thing is that we are often too “busy” to explore our passions, as they seem to have no immediate gain. What we fail to realize is that things done in passion last longer and are done better.
Consistency is birthed from passion and passion is built with time. When nothing seems to work, passion will keep us pressing on to achieve despite the odds, but this passion has to be built to the point we are willing to go through pain just to achieve. We need to deliberately set aside time to explore what our hearts long for and nurture these very things. It is pointless to start well and finish badly and though exploring our passions may call for us starting a little later, we are guaranteed to finish better.
Daniel understood that consistency was necessary to achieving excellence but he also understood that it came from passion that had been built with time. Daniel’s passion to seek the Lord was very clear and he did it all the time and consistently. At some point a law was passed on the land that only King Darius was to be worshipped or risk death in the den of lions if found doing otherwise, but Daniel did not change his practice despite the odds. Because he had built on his passion with God over time, it was easy to keep worshipping God regardless the eminent danger. His passion maintained the consistency.
Daniel 6:7-10 “All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions…..Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open towards Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Travelling first class puts us within reach of the best airline facilities on offer; however if the service does not match then it all goes to waste. The same applies to our lives, we may have the best facilities in terms of our gifting in knowledge, financial resources or even good networks but unless all this is coupled with a heart of service, it will not be excellent. Excellence=first class service; consistently deliver the desired results in honor of those you serve blamelessly.
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Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.