Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted on earth. (Psalm 46:10)
I will be exalted in the heavens. And I will be exalted on earth. I will be exalted in your life and I will be exalted in your family. I will be exalted in your work and I will be exalted in your church. I made you to participate in that process, not to compete. I made you to exalt me, not yourself. And the best way you can do that is to be yourself; to be the person I dreamt into being before the foundations of the world. For, ironically, when you try to be more than yourself, you become far less.
So be still, and know that I am God. Stop trying so hard. Stop trying to impress and compete. Stop trying to perform and achieve. Stop trying to look and sound like you know more than you do. Stop living in fear that others will get the recognition from the world that you so deeply desire. Stop trying to lift yourself up above others, and above me. It is not the reason I made you. And if you keep it up, it will wear you down and burn you out. I want so much more for you than that.
You are my masterpiece, not the Master. You are a work of art never to be repeated. Be who you are, and let me be who I am. In fact, being who you are is a living example, a walking testimony, of who I am. The masterpiece does not exalt itself, but the one who created it. A beautiful painting does not say to the world, “Look at me! Look what I did!” No, it is simply a beautiful expression of the One who painted it. And a song cannot take credit for having been written, or sung. No, it is content to be the glory of the One who brought, or sang, it into being. Be content to be my song to this broken and hurting world. For when people hear the music, they will be drawn to its Source. And I will be exalted in the heavens. And I will be exalted on earth.