IMPRESSED WITH YOURSELF?

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”  (Galatians 6:4-5, The Message)

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It’s easy to become impressed with your own accomplishments. You work hard and take pride in your work. People say things like, “We know we can count on you.” The more praise you receive, the better you like it. And if you do make a mistake, others are surprised because you’re usually so conscientious. Sound familiar? If you’re one of the favorites or long-timers at your work, it probably does. At times I’ve been appreciated, too, and I have to admit that it felt great.

That’s why it’s good for us to remember this verse. It’s pretty clear, isn’t it? Basically, we’re supposed to understand what we’re supposed to be doing and then do it – with humility. We shouldn’t become too proud of ourselves or hold ourselves up as a standard. We just have to remember that the talents we have are God-given and if we want to see real greatness, we only have to look to Him.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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This devotional was written by Gena Maselli. Gena spent ten years developing materials for worldwide Christian ministries. She now writes devotionals, nonfiction, and magazine and internet articles.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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8 Comments on “IMPRESSED WITH YOURSELF?”

  1. Annie B Says:

    LOVE it! You know, that so resonates with me, Dave. It is nice to receive praise, but it can become difficult or even a barrier when one is seeking to remain humble and not lead others astray. For example, when others start to look to us as the standard, it can sometimes cross over into them making us their idol, of sorts. The line between being a good example and leader but not becoming their “new God” is blurry at times. I love this, and thank you so much for sharing! Annie 🙂

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  2. A great reward I read, Thank You

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  3. janets123 Says:

    I think Jesus called this exemplary behavior, “your reasonable service.” How sad that it has become such a rare thing, to do a job responsibly and “as unto the Lord,” that we think we can be proud. Good reminder!

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  4. Ann Says:

    Great to see you are back! Hope you continue to feel better. As of today I am no longer unemployed. Praise God! These past 7 mos. of being out of work have been some of the biggest growth months in my life but am ready to take it on the road 🙂

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