Of all the recognition I may ever receive for my writing, only the Lord’s recognition is worthy of my desire.
I confess that I have a tendency to get caught up in my talents and abilities, and forget from Whom the gifts came. It’s easy to bask in flattery and praise, and forget Who deserves the glory.
Even when I do remember, I crave my own laurels in addition to His Glory. I want our lights to shine together instead of merely serving as a moon to his radiant sun.
I dream of being a published author someday, and becoming so famous that my name is a household word, like “Stephen King”, or “C.S. Lewis”. I want the world to think I’m great and to love me. Ironically, it is the very existence of these carnal aspirations .. these wants of my flesh .. that make their fulfillment impossible.
You see, I also have a heart’s desire that is battling with my flesh – that His brilliance would outshine the false, dim emanations of my self. Until I allow the Spirit to choke the last breath from my flesh, His reflection will resemble the image in a funhouse mirror – recognizable but distorted.
Sure, I would love to see my name on the Marquee and to stand in the spotlight, high above the crowd, accepting the Nobel Prize, but even more deeply I long to be on my knees, face pressed to the ground, accepting accolades from Jesus Christ as he bestows upon me the ultimate prize. I ache to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” On that day, my trophy will be a bejeweled crown of righteousness that I will cast back at the feet of the only One worthy of receiving the glory and honor and power.
As a servant of God and His beloved child, this latter yearning is not a dream. It is my future. His Word and His Spirit have promised it to me. Each day, as I attempt to write for His Glory, I hope the light of my self is growing dimmer, and the Light of His Son is growing brighter.
I write for God’s Glory. That’s what it says in huge letters on my web page. I originally put it there so visitors would know my purpose. I’m glad I did, because I’ve discovered that I need it as a reminder to myself.
Matthew 25:21, 23
2 Timothy 4:6-8
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"Even when I do remember, I crave my own laurels in addition to His Glory. I want our lights to shine together instead of merely serving as a moon to his radiant sun. "
Thank you for this reminder!
It is oh so easy to slip into the above attitude. God bless you!
Thanks for the timely reminder. I made Editor's Choice for the first time and I need to remember who is supposed to glow. This may not have won a prize since it never got in, but it's certainly more than served its purpose with me. IT'S NOT ABOUT ME.....IT'S NOT ABOUT ME....IT'S NOT ABOUT ME! I will long be dead and gone, but Jesus' will shine on and on. Amen!
I like it a lot and it's much more powerful than your first draft. I'm so sorry you missed the challenge. I did enter, but didn't have time to send it to you first.I left aan extra word in the last sentence i meant to delete! I needed to send it to you! Again, good job.
Love Ya, Leigh