Monday, July 5, 2010

Worthy of ALL Praise

I like to dwell on the fact that God is worthy of ALL praise.. ALL.. every last bit.. He deserves, is entitled and worthy. It resonates deeply in my soul... because I know I am not.

I always struggled (and still do) to accept a compliment - not out of a false sense of humility or self loathing (although perhaps in the past); but mainly because deep in my soul I recognize that I am unworthy of praise. I know WHO is worthy, so it wrenches my heart to think I am getting Praise that is meant for Him (sorta like taking credit for someone else's work). Any gifts or talents I have... were all given by Him, my Creator. It seems so simple.. but there is something comforting when I let it settle in my soul. He is WORTHY of ALL praise. To know the One in control, the One creator, is WORTHY of ALL praise brings peace to my heart. [what if He was only worthy of SOME praise?AHHH that would be scary!]

But even amidst this peace, I still find struggle which I 'll confess (to the two people who will actually read this :)... typically I take a compliment and turn it into a snide comment about myself. Although I would like to cover this behavior with something like "its a joke.. I am just being silly" reality it is just ol' fashion sin. I take something which should invoke praise and worship to my King.. and make it about me. :(

So, I start this blog along the road of my sanctification and its already a bit dirty. I have so much to learn and work on.. but I am encouraged God loves me enough to teach me and bring people into my life to help me. I pray that as I blog about this journey, we can encourage each other by sharing our stories and how God is working in our lives....Paul says it best in his letter to the church in Rome: "that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith." Romans 1:12

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