What is Praiseworthy?
praise: approval or admiration
When we praise God, we show Him our admiration.
When we praise things of the world, we show approval…perhaps for the wrong reasons.
Do you crave the approval of other people or the approval of God?
I know I’m not alone in that I’ve spent most of my life seeking the approval of other people. I want to be loved, needed, affirmed, respected, appreciated, applauded.
I am ashamed of so many things I did seeking after that approval.
I want to live unashamed.
I want to be live boldly for Christ, not for men. I want to teach my kids that it’s ok to be our quirky selves and God uses the ordinary to make extraordinary. Who cares what others think? They may snub, raise eyebrows, roll eyes, smirk.
And too often we’re behind-the-scenes, working hard for what feels like nothing. We may never get to see or enjoy the fruits of our labors.
It hurts. It doesn’t matter if we know we are living in the will of God. We want someone to say, “Thank you.” “You did a good job.” “You look pretty today.”
It’s simple. Show your appreciation for beauty, kindness, help. Show someone Jesus. Teach your children that genuine love is more than empty compliments.
Seek to be praiseworthy and to hear those words: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:21