Preambles: The Journey to Self-discovery
The journey to self-discovery is a series of articles first published on my Instagram platform. The thought to put this into writing started during family devotion when my children started asking how one can discover himself. It dawned on me that many are living purposelessly in this world without really knowing who they are. I hope the series of articles will help you and me to discover who we are and enlighten us on how to actualize God’s plans for our lives.
The Journey To Self-discovery Part 11:
In Part 10, we learned about how to handle the Critics. We also explained the two types of criticism and how to know the difference. Here, let’s look at how to handle the praise singers.
Most of the time, the praise singers mean no harm when they are praising you, but we need to be very careful and be humble enough to return the glory back to God. When people praise you and constantly sing about your achievements, let them know that you can only do all things through Christ who strengthens you. If we take God out of the equation, we cannot achieve anything.
One of the reasons why we need to be careful is that the devil can capitalize on this and sow a seed of pride which could eventually lead to someone’s destruction. The devil can also take advantage of the situation and sow a seed of discord.
Remember the women who sang the praises of David saying he had killed more people than King Saul when he killed Goliath. He was rated higher than the king of the land. That song sowed a seed of discord between King Saul and David. The song probably lasted for few minutes or maybe an hour, but the consequences of this song lasted for several years. Saul attempted to kill David afterward and he became a fugitive running from pillar to post. Not until King Saul died, David had no rest. How do you handle such situation? When you are been praised for whatever achievement you made, quickly return the glory back to God. Also learn to appreciate others, spread the credit to everyone and give all the glory to God.
Also in Acts 12:21-23, King Herod gave a public speech and the people worshipped him by giving the glory to him and not to God. He absorbed the praises and he did not correct the people. The angel of God struck him and he died instantly.
Whenever you are been praised always remember to return the glory back to God. Jesus constantly did that and God highly exalted him. John said he must reduce but Jesus must increase. He said he was not even worthy to unloose the latchet of Jesus’ shoes. Let us learn from this.