OK, this has been a shift in perspective for me. You may have already gotten this idea. If not, consider it. My pastor is awesome. He does an amazing job of connecting The Bible to today’s real world. This has been super helpful to me during my journey. One of my frustrations has been trying to thank him and give him compliments. He refuses to take them. He gives all the credit to God without even blinking an eye.
Now, I understand that he has dedicated his life to God, but does he not have any part in it? I thought so, but maybe not. Maybe everything I get from him is really directly from God through him.
If that is the case, maybe the stories we tell and every presentation we give as a belief are not really ours. I don’t know about you, but I ask God to speak through me before I speak. There are times when I say things, and I’m not sure where it comes from. Maybe I do. It’s not me.
Many people comment that I am a different person on stage than I am off stage. I tend to be quiet off stage. I’m more reflective, but when I’m on stage, I realize I have a privilege. I believe my passion comes from my request and the Holy Spirit. So, when I get compliments, I think I need to be more like my pastor. I’m working on it. I had one huge Aha! moment when I was reading a passage in The Bible about King Herod. Check it out:
Acts 12:21-23 New International Version (NIV)
21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
Yikes! God, take the credit please! Maybe you and I should be more careful when we get compliments after presentations. I don’t know about you, but death by worms does not seem like a good way to go.
Thank you, God, for Grace, Truth, Love, and Laughter,
(Reminder, this is just a journal of my mistakes, experiences, and thoughts along my journey to having a closer relationship to God. I do not claim to be an authority on the subject. If you want to know The Way, read The Bible.)
P.S. Thank you, especially, for grace.
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