“Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Proverbs 25-27, and Romans 15.
I will admit right off the top that I swiped that title from a line in a commentary on this verse.
I was complemented twice very recently for some work I had done in our front yard. I was caught off guard by it. Why? I wasn’t looking for it or expecting it.
There is a ungodly tension in our existence when we seek the praise of others.
We live in a society where in schools plenty of “cheap” praise is handed out. Many add to the collection of “Good job’s” at home. Sometimes the praises are warranted but otherwise are we simply trying to falsely elevate their self-esteem?
There is Scripture that gets after us for being motivated by the praise and recognition of others. God does not bless that arrangement.
We should work as if God is watching….because He is. God’s “Well done’s” are what we are working for.
Another point from this verse is that we should not hesitate to hand out deserved praise. I’m not talking “cheap” praise. During each day there usually are folks who do stuff well for us. Do we recognize it? Would our spouses keel over if we gave them a verbal pat on the back? Try it and see what happens!
“Lord, You are worthy of non-stop praise from me. Forgive me for being lax on the “Thank You’s.” Forgive me for not seeing the good things others do for me and for forgetting to be thankful to them. I have so much to learn. Guide me. Teach me. I love You, Father.”
A primary concern is to earn God’s praise.
+9 yard work helped