Sunday, November 28, 2004

Getting Our Bragging Rights Right

"...What do you have that you did not receive?
And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?"

1 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

Those are two good questions. Ones that correct and sharpen our focus and perspective. Check 'em out again. . .

They remind us that any ability, skill, talent, gift, endowment, blessing or advantage we have is a "gracin" from God. A gift - undeserved through & through - from our lovin' Lord.

Yet, we act as if who we are & what we can do is solely of us. Yes, we may have worked diligently to develop our abilities. And yes, we may have applied ourselves to get where & what we have. BUT - even the ability to apply diligence, spunk, moxy and even elbow grease is an enablement of the gracious Almighty.

So kudos to any and all who work hard to make something of themselves. YET, all due proper respect, regard and credit should point Heavenward. (That there's a circumlocution for God...)

I guess that why we call the gifted that... "gifted"?! Let us remember to give credit and thanks to WHOM it is ultimately due. If it requires a little humbling and thanking along the way, so be it.

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