It's easy to continue with that unhealthy emphasis on ME as an adult. I want to be recognized & valued. I often fail to remember that my worth is in my willingness to serve - not the end result. Apparently, this is an age-old struggle. In 2 Chronicles 6:8, 9 it reads,
"But the LORD told him, ‘You wanted to build the Temple to honor my name. Your intention is good, but you are not the one to do it. One of your own sons will build the Temple to honor me.’" NLT
Sometimes it's hard not to scream out, "Why Not Me!?!" I never played an instrument in a band. But, what about those students who work hard & practice a lot but don't sit at first chair? And, what about those voices in a choir who are never asked to sing solos but faithfully attend rehearsals & performances? Sometimes our intentions are good but, we are not the one to complete a specific task & be in the spotlight. The Bible says that God looks at the heart. Our heart needs to be in the right place.
Please help me to play second fiddle to the best of my ability with every fiber of my being - knowing that You are pleased with my gift to you. And, remind me that there are NO seconds in your eyes.
(begun w/idea while reading the Bible on 2/22/12)