If one is to live a successful life one must have positive self-regard. This must not be confused with thinking one is superior to others. It is recognizing the gifts God has given. It is recognizing one’s gifts as well as the gifts God has given to others. Each of us has a special intelligence and when we utilize it we can have a sense of accomplishment and pride in a job well done. Pride is only detrimental when one basks in it to the point of denigrating others. Sometimes I hear people refuse to take credit for a job well done thinking it would be wrong. However, God is glorified when His children do well. We should acknowledge a job well done with a “Thank you very much.” Not only is it good for self it also recognizes another’s kindness to compliment us.
In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Our light could not shine if we did not excel. Who would be attracted to Christianity if God’s children were all a bunch of bumbling dolts? People are drawn to excellence. People want to emulate those who stand tall and achieve great things. It is nigh impossible to achieve anything great if we fail to recognize the gifts and talents God has given us.
Let us take a good look at ourselves. Let us take inventory of the good things we can do. Let us take pride in our work and when others know of our love for Jesus He will then be glorified.
Written by Roger Bothwell on November 19, 2002
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