As I watched my son on his high-school stage and moving in one of his areas of gifting and talent, I couldn’t be more proud. He sung his heart out and did everything with such excellence. I knew he had practiced hard. For days and months, he learned lines and melodies and got better and better. I knew he loved what he was doing and it gave him joy. I knew he was good. Yet, I was so surprised with how good. My heart was overflowing.

It made me think and ask, do I try to do everything with excellence? Am I operating in my gifts and talents? Am I bringing joy to others and helping them to overflow with a blessed heart?

It made me think about our Christian walk. Life is a stage and each day, scenes are played out. Act 1. Act 2. And so on. Each day is a day to practice. It is a day to keep applying what we have learned and getting better at what we do and who we are. It is another opportunity to sharpen our skills. The scripture tells us to let our good works be seen so that God will be glorified. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” As my son performed, his work was praised and it pointed to the hard work of the teachers and school program. It made me think and ask, do I try to do everything with excellence? Am I operating in my gifts and talents? Am I bringing joy to others and helping them to overflow with a blessed heart? Is how I act in the stage play or musical of life pointing others to the One who leads and directs me?

When we are giving our best to God and for God — doing everything as onto the Lord (Colossians 3:23), God is not surprised (as I was at my son) that we are good. When we are where we are supposed to be, using what He has gifted us with, and being who we are created to be, of course we are good. He knows we are good, because He created us!

May I encourage you to be intentional about operating in the gifts and skills God has given you. Keep practicing and getting better at who God created you to be. Don’t stop trying. Don’t stop showing up in the scenes God places you in. God has created you to do good and be good. God knows you are good. Let others see and come to celebrate you and the One who is so good!