“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” – Matthew 10:32-33
Good morning fellow pilgrims!
As we continue our journey of faith together, we are entering a most holy time: Lent. As I have been praying over this season, many thoughts have come to mind that I would love to share with you. However, I woke up to something this morning quite extraordinary, I knew that I must share this today.
I did not watch the Oscars last night. But I did see the news earlier today and was deeply moved by Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech for best actor. It humbled me to ask myself, “Am I quick to give God all the glory for the achievements in my life? Or do I accept the praises of others as if I am the cause for the good things going on around me?”
We all want to feel as if we have done a good job. And most of us give our best efforts and feel great when things turn out well. There is nothing wrong with that. However, my heart was drawn to something Matthew said right out of the gate – he gave thanks to God for opportunities that were not created by himself or any other man. WOW! And the fact that he said it on a world stage, a place where it was not expected, or maybe even accepted – that brings even more glory to our Father above.
A question for all of us today: When the good things happen in our lives (promotions, accomplishments, achievements,) are we taking those opportunities to tell people about the grace and providence of God? When people witness our good works, do they say, “Wow, she did a great job?” Or do they admit, “Wow, look what God is doing through her!”
I so hope that my experience is the latter. What a privilege to be a witness to the greatness of our Savior.
Blessed are You, that provide me with every good gift. Gracious are You, that open doors for me, prepares the way for me, and straightens the road in front of me. Help me, Lord, to always remember that my successes come because You are walking with me. And fill me with Your Holy Spirit, that I would always have the courage to speak Your praises, to anyone who would listen.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit I pray,
If you haven’t had a chance to see his speech (it’s only a couple of minutes) take a look at the link below: