His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ – Matthew 25:21
Some final thoughts on this subject: too often we get our self worth from all the wrong places. When we rely on others or things to feel good about ourselves we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. When we don’t get the praise or recognition we expect we can start on a downward spiral. You see people will eventually let you down. They don’t mean to, but they will. People get busy, distracted or simply forget. Sometimes what we see as a major accomplishment is seen by others as just part of our responsibilities. Perceptions are different.
Today too many of us get our self worth from things. Things break. They get old and worn. Think about the last new car you purchased. How proud you were. Then remember that first scratch. I remember two new cars that were in accidents within the first few months I owned them. Neither was my fault but the cars were damaged none the less. The new laptop you got for Christmas will be old hat long before next Christmas. Things will let you down. Tires go flat and engines conk out.
What about family, surely you can depend on them. Most time you can, but even family will let you down. They are human with all the faults and problems that entails. Sometime they will say something the just cuts the wrong way. They may not even know it hurt you for they did not mean to. No people will always let us down just because they are just like us, warts and all.
So what to do? First, don’t let others have control on how you feel. If you did a good job or accomplished a major task take satisfaction in the accomplishment. Then, any praise from others is icing on the cake. But most of all know the only praise that matters is the praise that comes from our Lord. All else is fleeting. His praise is eternal. When we stand before Him all earthly things will melt away and we will bask in His love forever.
Have a blessed day,