Friday, January 8, 2010

Well Done!

I sit and play a simple game. Click. Click. Click. Wasting time. Not completely understanding the game, frustrated because I don't improve. Play again? Yes! Over and over and I am still... so bad! But then bright lights flash. Awesome! Excellent! Well Done! Amazing! I have no idea what I have done, but it has fueled me on. I am lifted and re-energized. Committed again to clicking away on my mouse. As I sit, craving praise once again, I am reminded of a verse. A gentle nudge pushes me. Do get that excited when I say well done? Do you eagerly work for me when I praise you or strive to earn MY compliments? "Well done good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:21) Leaving the game and going to think more about this now, Lord. Its human nature. Craving approval, praise, admiration. Sure we may be embarrassed when receiving it, but it makes anyone feel good. My son thrives on it. I know without a doubt that his Love language is "words of affirmation" He likes to know that his parents approve. That we care enough to pay attention and give specific praise and feedback to his work. My daughter becomes giddy with praise, but then again, its hard to find a time when she isn't giddy. But random, out of the blue praise, it moves us. This week a boy in our community took his own life. I had this post already in my head when I heard the news. I didn't know him, but know many who did. He was my nephew's friend and roommate. That hits close to home. It could be anyone... Do we assure our loved ones that we are proud? Do we remind them of all they do well? Just a little positivity and encouragement goes so far. My heart breaks for this family as I am sure they wonder what more they could have done. Maybe nothing. I don't know. All I know is that for those around me I will be sure to build them up and say Amazing! Well Done! Excellent! Awesome! And remind them, that their Heavenly Father is saying those same words. Many blessings to you all today! God is good, all the time!


Bina @ Bina's Pad said...

Thanks, my popsicle'd friend!! I needed this lesson today as I work thru it leaning solely on HIS praise for who I am...seeking HIS approval for what I look like...needing HIS voice to pull me forward while seeking to steer clear of the voices that scream me back...

I love your friendship in my you never fail to help me smile, remember and grow!!

Much love from the shorts-wearing, sweat-inducing (while cleaning and exercising...wait, did I just say that?!?!?!), nearly crazy seeming 76 degree, sunny California!

Faith Imagined said...

I also crave praise from people and God is teaching me to crave praise from Him alone. I am sorry to hear this news of the young man's suicide. It breaks my heart to realize that someone felt hopeless enough to take his own life. Unfortunately it happens every day.

BTW, I am spreading the word of a Fiction Blog Carnival that I am hosting at my place. All are welcome!

-Alisa Hope

alicia said...

Thanks for stopping by Bina and Alisa!
Bina- I know its warm there, thanks for rubbing it in!
Alisa- I will look at the fiction thing, although I don't believe that is where my talent lies! ;)