2 Corinthians 10:17 As the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord."
Everything we do, everything we have, everything we are is because they are gifts from God.... we can see that so clearly when a person has a beautiful voice... that, that has to be a gift from God.... but any talent that we have is a gift from God... the ability people have to work hard is a gift from God... the ability a person has to play football like they were born knowing how, that is a gift from God.... those people that can grow a plant and make it flourish... that is a gift from God... I know this to be true, I can not grow anything!....people that can grow money, you know the people that have this amazing ability to just invest in all the right things at all the right times... that is a gift from God... We need to learn to be acutely aware of this fact and remember to give God the credit for all he has done for others and to be aware of all that he has done for us... Being in constant awareness of this... giving God the credit for these things ... that would be a wonderful way to be an amazing witness for God and all of his power and glory.... it would also be a wonderful way to keep ourselves mindful that all the we have and all that we can do come from God.... and it would so make God smile down on us if we took the time to give God the credit.... We have all heard about the amazing little 10 year old girl on American Idol with the voice of an angel... we say"Wow! she can sing!"... and she can... but what, if instead, we said "Wow! God gave her an amazing voice!"... what if somebody is in your life that can't sing, can't draw, can't seem to do anything "special" but they work like a dog!... they have this amazing ability to be there from sun up to sun down.. what if they were thinking that they had no talent at all.. what if they were thinking that God did not give them any special talent... what if they felt like God did not care about them and they heard you say "God has given you an amazing ability to get the job done... no matter what it takes!"... what if that was the moment that they knew God did do something for them... what a witness that would be... What if somebody said to you, "You are always the sweetest thing." and you replied "Oh God taught me how to be sweet.. that is my gift from God." ... maybe that person would know in that instant that God loved them.. because you were sweet ... and because you gave God the credit for putting that into your spirit.... Oh and how God would be smiling down to hear us all giving him the credit for all that we have!!... Think as a parent how you feel when one of your kids says "Oh my mom taught me how to do that."... or "I do that just like my dad."... we feel so proud... and so good... wouldn't God feel that way if he heard us give him the credit!