A Stranger, Not your Own Lips

Proverbs 27:2
Proverbs 27:2

It can be hard to go through life without recognition. You serve for years at a church and a newbie comes along and gets paid for your volunteer position. The not-so-nice people at work get recognized for a job well done while you accomplish big things on a daily basis under the table. You exemplify patience with your family and bite your tongue for years and no one ever notices your sacrifice. Recognition is hard. You don’t want to “toot your own horn” but at the same time, you know the accomplishments you achieve and sometimes you feel others should know too.

But God doesn’t call us to live outwardly with our accomplishments and achievements. Our rewards are internal and eternal. A weekend with students without a huge blowup. A quiet night at home without fighting. Years of sacrificial serving in a ministry and knowing that you made a difference in hundreds of lives. Store up for yourselves rewards in Heaven. {Matthew 6:19-20} For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. {emphasis mine}

Let others praise you. No one likes a self-boasting person. Once you think you are humble, you are no longer humble. Let others praise you for your good deeds and dedication. Let others praise you for your personality and steadfastness. And remember to praise those around you. When you feel you are unappreciated, find someone you appropriate and let them know. Boast about others to build up those around you. People will thank you for it and you will feel better in general.

{Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11}

{For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9}

May you find someone today to encourage, and may someone encourage you.

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