Tag Archives: good deeds

Tooting My Own Horn

Good morning, Father. It is good to have this time, in the quiet of the early morning hours – just me and You. Help me to listen and learn, for there is no better teacher than You.

Matthew 6:1-4 (<<click the green)

Sometimes it’s hard to do something nice for someone and keep it a secret. Now sometimes the recipient will know but sometimes we are just so proud of ourselves we want to toot our own horn, as the saying goes.

In this passage, Lord, You admonish us to “Watch out!” when it comes to doing our “good deeds publicly, to be admired by others”. When we do so that is our reward and we forfeit the reward You would give us. Now, I truly have no idea what that reward would be but is there anything this world has to offer us that can hold a candle to what You have to offer us, Lord?

It’s interesting knowing a little of the background of this passage – it’s a bit of knowledge I picked up from a wonderful man of God that I had the privilege of serving under several years ago. The “trumpets in the synagogues” were receptacles for offerings and for some of those able to give generously it was probably a great temptation to throw in a handful of coins letting anyone in the vicinity know that they had made a sizeable donation.

Lord, what is my motivation for doing and giving? Is my goal to receive praise for myself? Or am I striving to point others to You? May I be diligent in doing all I can do but help me be equally as diligent in not doing it for my glory. I don’t want to be guilty of tooting my own horn! Your rewards are worth waiting for!

Nov 28th, Tues, 6:32 am

Hide it Under a Bushel…NO!

As I come to write this morning, Father, it is pitch-black dark outside. The only light, beyond the occasional passing vehicle, are the lights in the room where I sit.

This is the world in which I find myself.

Even after the sun comes up, from a spiritual perspective much of the world around me will be pitch-black dark. There are many others glowing with Your love but so, so many are not. They are lost. They are searching. They are stumbling around trying to find their way, many not even knowing for what they are looking. May I steadily and brightly shine, glowing with Your love within me, that they may be drawn to You. Amen.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16

Lord, You said that I am the “light of the world.” You shining forth through me is a powerful force. That, in and of itself, can have great impact…but is there more required of me? Your love glowing in me will attract others to its light but I do believe that You call me to “let [my] good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

I am not called to just be a passive light shining in the darkness. You have given me a clear call to action! What all that means specifically I am going to have to think on some.

Lord, may I shine brightly, with Your love and presence in my life radiating for all the world to see. And once You have the world’s attention may my “good deeds” impact them, as well, so much so that they want to know more and most importantly, that they want to know You! Amen.

Sept 20th, Wed, 6:28 am