17 But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. (NIV)
It is hard sometimes to take praise from people. You either brush it off or perhaps sound pious in saying God has chosen me to serve Him. The way of the world would have us doing all our works for our own glory. Some people thrive on accolades and the attention it brings them.
What I really want to do is boast in the Lord, like the Bible says. But, if I’m totally honest, some inner part of me must still want that recognition from others. I’m boasting to myself on the inside. So how do you answer the people who tell you that you are doing such a wonderful thing by being a caregiver? The best way to react is with a simple “thank you”. Perhaps you might add, “God is using me right now, in my situation, and I’m learning a lot.” That might open a door to a casual conversation about the Lord.
It is a fine balance. I know that I try to shut down the compliments, by saying, “Oh, I’m not doing anything anyone else would not do.” That just gets more accolades piled on me. It isn’t easy to deflect.
Lord, I don’t want to boast before others or to myself. I want You to have glory without my boasting in You coming out wrong. I do have a special relationship with You. But, that relationship is available to anyone who repents of sin and trusts You. By Your Holy Spirit instruct me how to boast in You. May I be commendable to You. In Your name I pray, amen.