I like “atta boys” as much as anyone. It feels good to be praised and recognized. One of the ways we love each other is with words of affirmation. And we certainly should verbalize our appreciation to our children. But, there is a temptation when we are overlooked, to praise ourselves. There is a character test waiting. Can I remain faithful to what God calls me, even when no one else seems to notice? Solomon highlighted how a man is tested in this area of the praise accorded.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips. The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And each is tested by the praise accorded him. Proverbs 27:2, 21
Do I find myself reading my resume to others? Can I be patient and wait for the ultimate “well done, good and faithful servant”?
God, as this Sunday begins- I look forward to preaching Your Word. May the people who gather in person and online be blessed by it. Help me see those in need and minister accordingly. At the end of the day, I pray You are satisfied with my service and I am patient to hear the praise accorded. I feel like You are generous with praise. May I be the same with You and others!