I haven't posted here for awhile because ... well, because I've been busy.
Here's the thing: I've not really been SO busy that I couldn't take a few minutes to post SOMETHING. I've been too busy to think of anything brilliant ... and therein lies the pitfall of keeping a public blog ... for me. I put ridiculous pressure on myself to share something impressive ... so much so that I share nothing. AS IF. As if there were so VERY many of you clamoring to read my thoughts. As I type this, I think ... seriously, how ridiculous.
How often do you do this? You do something well. You garner some praise. The praise feels so good that you begin to do this thing not because you enjoy it (as when you began), but in order to collect more accolades ... and as a result, the magic of this thing is snuffed out.
I do it all to often. Maybe that's just me? Maybe not.
In Ecclesiastes, we learn that there is "nothing new under the sun" - and I am betting that not only am I not alone, but that this IS "nothing new". Seeking the praise of others - people pleasing, if you will - becomes a god before the One True God ... the one Who blessed us with the praiseworthy gift in the first place.
Recognition is often 1/2 the battle ... maybe more.
Father, let me put pleasing people away ... and put You at the forefront where You belong.