Don’t be PROUD…be …THANKFUL. Some years ago, my older brother and I were talking about the “art of prayer.” I have a very involved and sophisticated form
of prayer; a bit on the traditional and formal side. That’s just me. He, on the other hand was not too keen on prayer, or much of it. He…to my surprise, said…”when I pray, I mostly just say…Thank you God.” W-O-W, I thought…not much to that. But, like many military veterans who had the experience of Viet Nam behind them, and the affects of it before them, each and everyday; they seem to have lost a bit of something between the for and the aft. It was some years later, that I began to think he was not that far off center. He was thanking God; and I was asking more then thanking. I think we’ve both amended our prayer habits; he coming closer to my way, and me…going closer to his. Either way, I believe…God can deal with our shortcomings. When we add a sense of being PROUD to the equation, then too often we get so caught up in ourselves; as to where we’re going, where we want to go, and where we’ve been….and how did we get to these places; and what’s our next move… towards the ladder of success. In small company environments; it’s not that hard to find out these matters, and while we might get a bit PROUD…no one is
paying that much attention. In larger corporations…we can, and often do…get VERY PROUD of our accomplishments, to the point of boasting as to how great we are. And, there is always someone, or circumstance, that will cut us down to size… but we remain, still PROUD. Being PROUD interferes with being THANKFUL. The two don’t seem to mix well. We all, probably, could work a little harder on being THANKFUL. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 2 Timothy 2:15 – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. …Blessings…cjlb…10/9/13
PHOTO CREDIT: Our beautiful coast, taken by renowned photographer and friend…Frank Baker.