Written by: Megan Kincheloe
I met a woman several years ago who was just absolutely delightful. She was one of those people who captivates you from the first words she speaks. After not knowing her long, I began giving her compliments on how she has raised her family, what a wonderful parent she was, and what a good example she was for other Christian women. Every time I gave her praise, she gave the credit to God. All of it. Every time. So much that at one point my flesh questioned, “Wait a second. Is this genuine?” A short time and many conversations later, I concluded that yes…she was as genuine as they come and she truly believes God is responsible for every blessing and success she has experienced in her life. Sigh…
I wanted to be just like this woman because I absolutely believe God has given me every gift I have ever received. James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (NIV) So what was the problem? Why was I not giving Him the glory for every gift?
Oh. My. Ouch. Wait. What? Apparently I needed a huge dose of humility. Yes I believe God is responsible for all of the gifts I have received and I do thank Him for those…but when it comes to my successes…I wanted the glory. You heard me right. I am a ‘words of affirmation’ type of girl and enjoy being told, “Good job! Good work! Good writing! Good…anything.” The truth is ya’ll, I know the only way I get anything done that is ‘good’ or ‘relevant’ or ‘worthy’ is because of Christ in me.
Luke 14:11, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (ESV)
Guys, when I sit down to write this blog each week, if I haven’t prayed and tuned in to Him, my writing is forced and I can barely form a sentence, much less fill a page. There have been times where I haven’t talked to Him about content all week and find myself in tears as I sit down and try to come up with a message that will touch at least one person and represent Him well. And then I take a deep breath and I pray…and He floods me with every word I need to hear and He wants you to hear. It’s like He is saying, “Sweet girl. Why don’t you come to me and trust me before trying to do things on your own? I’m here. Just come to me.” You would think I would learn to stay nudged up close to Him and lay writing at His feet week after week. But if I am being honest, those aren’t always my first thoughts. In “God is Able,” Priscilla Shirer says, “So when we come to Him with our needs and requests, with our aches and our longings, one of the greatest reasons why we can be so confident in Him is because—let’s just say it—God is gettin’ Him some glory when He acts on our behalf. One way or the other. You can count on that.”
Friends, it’s all Him. Every victory. Every broken chain. Every gift. Every success. Every redemption. Every chance to start over. Give Him the glory.
To God be the glory. Amen.