April 28, 2016 – Thursday
2 Corinthians 10:12 (HCSB) For we don’t dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack understanding.
2 Corinthians 10:17 (HCSB)—So the one who boasts must boast in the Lord.
I had just received the employee of the month award at my job and was feeling slightly self-conscious at all the attention. A small crowd had gathered to congratulate me. As the people started to disperse, I began to wonder why I was uncomfortable with my accomplishment and the positive attention it gave me. My quick conclusion was that I was a naturally shy person and that I did not like the attention.
However later that night, as I was falling asleep, I began to think about God and all He had done for me. Suddenly I realized that not once during the day had I mentioned God and my relationship with Him as the sole reason for any of my accomplishments. I failed to give God the glory!
The embarrassment I felt was a realization that I was taking credit when any credit I took should have been going to God.
It is easy for you and me to forget the true foundation of our being and not give God the glory during the workday. It is especially easy when we are showered with accolades. After all, it is only natural to look around at where we are in life and proclaim, “Look what I have done!” when it should be, “Look what God has done!” Personal pride can be poisonous to our relationship with God, because it is only through Him that we can boast about anything.
So today at work, remember you live and thrive only through the grace of God. And even in your greatest hour – understand all praise, boasts, and accolades must be directed to Him.
Yes, at work today, give God the glory!
Dear Lord, I thank You for every breath You give me. With every breath, let me give You glory and help me to never forget that everything that I do and have is because of You. It is only in You that I may boast, and it is only in You that I will feel no shame for boasting. Help me today hold Your Word close to my heart. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Robertson School of Government
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA