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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Trophies & Tales

"Therefore, as it is written, 'Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord'"
(1 Corinthians 1:31).

Trophies, medals, ribbons, awards, and certificates.  We like to win them, display them, talk about how we got them, and what it means to us.  Have you ever watched the Oscars, the Emmies, the Grammies, or number of Prime-Time award shows?  They are filled with speeches that more times than not, speak of their accomplishments, how they deserve this, how they've worked hard for this.  Sure, there have been those that have said they didn't deserve it.  Did they give it back?

Of course, there is nothing wrong with winning achievements and sharing the story of the journey that led you there.  I'd like to think I have a few stories to share along the path of my own walk through life to this point.  The question, however, is whose glory is it for?  It is very true that God chooses and uses people to accomplish great things in our world.  Let's not forget the key truth.  It is God.  He uses the abilities, talents, gifts, and skills that we have at the very grace of His own hand.

He is the source of life.  Let all boasting begin, end, and be filled with giving glory, credit, and honor to Him who is above all things, who brings us through, over and in spite of so much.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from the Father.  Every breath that we breathe is a testament of His strength to get us through another day.  In spite of a economic woes, political woes, emotional woes, and hardships that are more plentiful than a spread at your favorite Chinese buffet, His faithfulness endures, His love endures, and peace is all that gives us rest.

There are times of temptation to say, "I did this."  "Look at me."  But, what can you really do on your own aside from Him?  It is possible to have good things and success without God, but equally without true and complete fulfillment.  If you are successful, know that it is by the hand of God.  If you have not yet reached the level of success that you aspire, stop looking at yourself as the source or means of that success.  Look to Him.  He is the author and the perfecter of your faith and all things good.  He has purposed a plan for your life.  Don't get caught up in the plan or the results and rewards of the plan. Focus and seek first the One who is the Author of that plan.

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