Monday, January 2, 2017

Tell Me a True Story - Week of 01/02/17


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Look at me!  I need to be recognized!! 

It is a mystery to me, but as was the usual case, when our children were small, and the telephone rang, it seemed to always be a signal for my children to act up.   

Thus ensued the resulting arguments, and word fights, (they were not allowed the hitting kind of fights.)
 
Most of the time, the telephone conversation was cut short in-order to bring peace back into our household. 

Were my children making a demand for attention?  Was it something that happens in other households?   I never actually discovered the answer but could only surmise. 

“Look at me, Look at me,” called our young children when they accomplished a task or an achievement that was significant in their immature life.  To ignore them was unthinkable and they needed this reassurance that they were doing well and learning at best. 

Today our children are no longer under our roof, and most of them including our grandchildren have their own smart phones with their own agenda.  They are busy with their multi-tasking work, school and play. 

Back to our house hold today, it does not take the telephone to ring.  We have two dogs who equally demand attention.  If one gets scratched behind the ears and spoken to, quickly rushes the other one pushing their way to get in between and to be number one. 

There seems to be a driven force within mankind and even animals to be recognized.  To be seen, appreciated, understand and accepted. 

I am reminded where Jesus instructed us about our good works, that they are to be done in secret and not competing for recognition.  
 
Jesus must have been referring to the mature believer. Because there are times when it is necessary and important to give honor where honor is due.
 
It is not only new believers who need encouragement that they are doing a good work as they serve the Lord, but workers in your church, including your Pastor.  A word spoken in earnest kindness does lift the spirits.   

Good words spoken are like jewels gifted.  Have you given any good words lately?

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3 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Aunt Hazel. It is good to be back after the holidays. Hope yours went well?
    Many Blessings to you.

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  2. Hmmm, good words from the Lord... Nothing jumps out at my specifically (that I don't already capture on my blog) but I love starting the new year with a fresh One Word, a new devotional (this year is "Jesus Always" and it's really a great change of pace from the deepness of Oswald Chambers) and some new God-sized dreams. So I am looking forward to how God will speak through all of those in the coming days/weeks!

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  3. Love that analogy! It is pride that makes us want to be recognized. It is humility that points to our Savior.

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