Recently I provided someone a moment of graciousness and kindness, and it was perceived as such by the person to whom it was directed, and encouraging.
I was a little ashamed at my felt sense of pride in that recognition of kindness and the other’s appreciation afterward. But maybe it’s a healthy self-assessment in the face of so many other not so healthy judgments I’ve directed toward myself?
I recognize that I bask in the glow of being appreciated. Is that basking a “pure” kind of joy that is a normal and expected result of following God’s call to service, or self-puffery?
Lord, help me to be a blessing in the lives of those whom I touch.
Lord, help me to fix my gaze on you, and enjoy the pleasures in my self and with others that comes in serving, and, sure, even in being appreciated. Keep me from both inordinate self-puffery and inordinately harsh self-judgment.
Lord, help me to be unafraid to trust you and freely and joyously offer my life for you to use me as you see fit, whether for public and greater or lesser recognized service, or for quiet unassuming care of those around me and in my personal prayers. Help me to both recognize and accept the path you will continue to show me, all the days of my life.