~by Elizabeth Lapp
“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3
When you have sung that song, preached that sermon, made that speech, taught that class or led that Bible study, commit it to the Lord. Allow Him to make up for your mistakes or bless the hearer as He sees fit. If you congratulate yourself on your success, you will be lifted up in pride. If you become distressed over what you see as failure, you will become discouraged. Faithfully do what God asks of you and leave the results to Him.
If someone praises you for what you have done, simply say “thank you.” Then tell God, “I was given praise. Now I give that praise to You because You do not share Your glory with anyone else. You gave me all my gifts and abilities, and without you I can do nothing.” Forget what is behind, and move on to the next thing. Doing so will eliminate the haughty spirit that precedes a fall.