It had been a good week.
Two new members of my favorite writing website had been asking me questions about it, and I’d been helping them quite a bit. Both had recently expressed their gratefulness in glowing terms.
My latest writing project there was receiving praise upon praise. One of my favorite, most talented writers there had even called it “perfect.”
I had just shared my testimony with the deacon board at our new church, and they found it quite amazing and inspiring. Yup, I was feeling pretty good about myself.
Then, God, in his “typical” way, reminded me that my feelings needed to be tempered – and redirected.
I loaded my entire family into the car and drove to the hospital for my husband’s 1pm MRI. We got there, dragging the kids against their will, and finally got settled, only to discover that the appointment was actually at 1:30 – the next day. I WAS the one who had written it on the calendar. Not so swift, eh?
The next morning, my almost-three-year-old decided to be disobedient and defiant – so I set a punishment I was SURE would upset her. She would have to miss gymnastics. Her response? “I GET to stay home with daddy!”
God is an expert at helping me remember who deserves the glory for what I do. I may be a good writer, but that is only because it is God’s gift to me. I may be helpful to others, but it is the Lord who moves and equips me to be a servant in that way. I’m only human – a point God certainly brought home to me amongst all the encouragement that was making me feel somewhat more so.
I am so thankful for God’s love of me, and his willingness to remind me that I can achieve wonderful things, but only through Him. And when (not if!) I mess up, it’s OK.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to remain humble, and to always give You credit for the awesome things You allow and equip me to do. Help me to keep my failures and successes in perspective.
Verse:“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1Corinthians 10:31 NIV
(c) Joanne Sher 2011
Joanne Sher is a Christian writer saved out of Judaism, traveling rough roads with God's strength. She loves to blog, encourage, write, and spend time with her family. Learn more about her at http://www.joannesher.com.
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