I’m going out on a limb here. This won’t sit well with some of you, but it needs to be said.
Sometimes we need to respond to others with a simple “thank you.”
I have cringed so many times when trying to encourage someone. Perhaps they sang a song. They recited a poem. Whatever. I’d approach them and try handing them my gift. A compliment wrapped in beautiful paper with a shiny bow.
I just wanted to bless them with my gift, like they blessed me with theirs. But instead, they refused my gift. No, they weren’t obvious, putting their hands up in protest. They just quietly handed it back, stating four words I’ve heard over and over: “It was the Lord.”
Now before you pick up proverbial stones to throw at me, hear me out. I am NOT opposed to giving God glory. It is one of my favorite things to do. I know that without him we can do nothing. God tells us that in John 15:5. Everything we are is from him. Every good gift is from above. James 1:17. It’s just that sometimes people stand behind their insecurities thinking they are wearing humility.
A Bible teacher once told me, “Humility isn’t crouching down, trying to look humble. It’s standing to your fullest height next to someone mighty.” God does give us gifts. But we still decide whether to display those gifts, or hide them.
Let me challenge you. Next time someone approaches you after you perform in any way. And they tell you how it blessed them. Smile and just say, “Thank you.”
Just take the gift.
Anne Peterson is a poet, speaker, an author of 42 Bible Studies and 25 articles with Christianbiblestudies.com. In addition, she has written devotions for Trochia.org. Anne recently published her book, Real Love: Guaranteed to Last and is presently working on a book about her sister, a victim of domestic violence. Anne resides in Peoria, Illinois with her husband of 37 years, Michael. If you see Anne smiling it’s probably because she’s spending time with her two grandson’s Jude and Charlie or maybe she’s holding her new granddaughter, Ruthie. To find out more information about Anne, go to www.annepeterson.com.