June 9, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
“We cannot for ourselves take credit for anything as coming from us” (2 Corinthians 3:4-11)
TAKING CREDIT: When I was a high school head football coach, I learned quickly that when the team won, credit usually went to the players. When the team lost, it was the fault of the coach. We didn’t win much, so I needed to develop a pretty thick skin over the years.
We often do the same with God. Good things that happen to us are the result of our skill, intelligence, or ability. When things are not going too well, we say, “Why, God, why?”
The simple fact is that it should be the exact opposite. When things are going well, there should be prayers of gratitude, “Thank you, God, for making this possible.” Then, we should pray for his continued presence and support when things are not going so well.
Notice in both situations, we are maintaining prayer. In good times and bad we need to keep in contact with God. Don’t let pride stand in the way. I encourage you to keep Paul’s words in mind, “We cannot for ourselves take credit for anything as coming from us.” This type of humility keeps us grounded.