I love applause. I’ve always liked being in the limelight. I like it when people pay attention to me. From the type assessments I’ve done over the years, that’s not a bad thing: it’s just a part of who I am.
But it can become a bad thing. If I’m wanting to take the credit for something God has clearly done, then I am quenching the Holy Spirit’s fire. If I do things just to garner attention for myself, then pride can set in. And that’s definitely not a good thing.
Lead me to the Cross where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees, Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself, I belong to You
(“Lead Me To The Cross” Hillsong United)
Figuring out how to do that is the hard part.
God gives us all talents, and He expects us to use them for His glory. But if someone tells me I’m doing a good job, or praises me for my abilities, I am tempted to be pleased with myself instead of thanking God for giving me the talent that He did. Using the talents: good. Claiming them as my own: not so good.
Bring me to my knees, Lord I lay me down. Rid me of myself, I belong to You.
So when people applaud for me, I need to step aside and let the applause flow to heaven. Because God is all that.
And I’m not.
Thankful today for:
120. new flowers
121. little baby avocado buds on our tree
122. the end of the 3rd quarter of school