Thursday, January 26, 2012
"Praise You in the Morning, Praise You in the Evening . . ."
"I do not accept glory from human beings."
We all need encouragement, don't we? Those thoughtful words, spoken or written to us, which compliment our new dress, our finesse on the job, or a gourmet meal prepared to perfection.
The words that make us smile. Put that extra spring in our step. Give us that warm fuzzy feeling all over.
Fill us with pride . . .
Therein, lies the rub.
While we can and should take pride in how we look or what we do, to be dependent upon recognition by others to validate our existence leads us down a treacherously slippery slope.
Instead of accepting compliments gracefully and moving on, we cling to them.
And, work furiously toward earning the next feather in our cap. Pleasing others to get their attention. Craving the next accolade and the next and the next.
Eventually, our only friends are flatterers. Using us for whatever purpose they deem us necessary. Dumping us like yesterday's trash when our usefulness to them is spent.
And, there we sit . . .
An empty vessel, devoid of self.
Because, we do not build our personality, our sense of worth, in God's image. Rather, we see the whole meaning of our lives reflected in the mirrors others hold to our face.
We seek glory from others when we should be glorifying our Creator.
Thanking Him for giving us life and love and salvation.
Paying our highest compliments to Him.
Are you or someone you know addicted to praise? What can you do to change the situation?
Will you pray with me?
We all need encouragement and praise, Father. Help us to gratefully receive compliments and give sincere, heartfelt ones to others. May our only addiction to praise be in praising You. Amen.
Psalms 50 or (59, 60), 118
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