by Rev. Cathy Ross-Woullard on March 04, 2022

Walking is moving at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once. Excellence is the quality of being outstanding or extremely good; greatness; brilliance.  So, my definition for walking in excellence is moving at a regular pace by lifting and setting one’s foot, in turn never having both feet off the ground at once with the quality of being outstanding-extremely good in greatness and brilliance toward the things of God and life.

Now think about this: does walking in excellence mean the same as walking in integrity? It may mean saying “I am sorry” for how I have treated someone and then changing direction to a new way that aligns with Christ. Living in integrity also means accepting and living in the forgiveness I do not deserve but granted because of God’s grace to me through Jesus’ sacrifice. There is one such person noted as walking in excellence/integrity all his life, that we know about. His name is Daniel. In Daniel 6:4-5 (NKJV) verse 4 reads: So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Verse 5: Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

WOW! The Law of God. That law is the gospel which is right all the time. So that means they couldn’t find anything wrong with this leader, prophet, intercessor, warrior in prayer, nothing. Even when they tried to stop him from praying, he stood still and listened to God and prayed anyway. Remember when the king was going to kill all the priests because they could not interpret his dream? Daniel stood up for all and asked for time to pray about the interpretation and he delivered. In Daniel 6:1-3 the word states: Verse 1, It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom. Verse 2: And over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. Verse 3: Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. Daniel was gifted, wise, discrete, humble, steadfast, uncompromising, and courageous. Now, where do we fit or, do we fit? Let us examine ourselves and see where we can make improvements in the way we walk and talk. Walking in Excellence takes work and effort and a sold-out love for God.

Let’s Pray! Lord God I know I have a long way to go in walking in excellence for You. This is something I desire to do because it is the true way to live on this earth. Because there will always be hardness and disappointments in my life. Help me to follow the example given by Daniel and live for God, all the time through all things. Thank You, God for always knowing me and leading me in the right direction. I receive it all in Jesus' Name. Amen! And it is so.

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