The Problem With Praise & Why You Need It
Our world spent so much time muting praise and giving credit where credit is due that we’ve grown into an egotistical and self-absorbed generation. Humility is necessary, but when we force God’s character in human ways we end up with a mess. Every time.
Our efforts to keep hearts humble failed. We perverted, confused and exchanged taking pride and satisfaction with our finished work with self-abatement and dissatisfaction. The mentality is, “Not perfect? Not good enough.”
With the pendulum at full counter swing we’re now a people trying to prove our worth and we’re not quiet about it. Check out social media streams intended to prove net happiness and worth.
Praise and encouragement are good! God says so!
Have you noticed how nearly impossible it is for people to receive a compliment (honestly, I’m terrible at it too)? This isn’t okay.
When we do our best work with a heart bent on pleasing God we can step back satisfied. Paul explained to the Corinthians that everything we do we should do well for the glory of God and in hopes that others would come to know Jesus.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Don’t give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God. I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.
1 Corinthians 10:31-32
Paul wrote to Timothy:
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, 13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief.
I Timothy 1:12-13
Creation completed God evaluated his work with satisfaction:
…looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! (Genesis 1:31).
God put you in a place in this world for your good and his glory!
As a teen I “flipped burgers” at Foster’s Freeze. Actually, I cleaned tables, bathrooms, took at the trash and later stood behind the cash register and took orders. My hair smelled of grease when I headed home but that didn’t change the opportunity for God to use my heart’s attitude towards my work and those around me to shine for Him. Whatever you work, you have an opportunity to show the love and joy of Jesus.
You probably won’t see the results but when you work for the King you’ll find a satisfaction that doesn’t need an Instagram filter or touchup.
This week you’ll notice the Instagram feed is packed full of praise to our KIng. Not fluffy empty ego-filling praise, reasons of substance to praise the Lord; material that fills your heart with content, peace, satisfaction and a desire to pass it along with fellow Christians on the journey.
Nearly 500 posts later, I think you’ll love what I’ve been up to the past several months over on Instagram!
Check out @peacequility1