A Week Ago Sunday . . .
. . . one of the ladies at church mentioned she was looking forward to the next time I played because she wanted to hear my sassy guitar.
So Yesterday . . .
. . . I got the opportunity to play again. And one of the songs we did, ala Lincoln Brewster, was Everlasting God. Hopefully when I kicked in the wah it got sassy enough.
But Seriously . . .
I really appreciate the way God works. He’s given me a talent for guitar that I have sometimes developed, sometimes squandered. Lately I pray I’ve been doing more developing, and using for Him, than squandering.
And I know (and I have to remind myself about this quite often) that it’s not about me, but all about Him. And the glory belongs to Him, not to me.
But He does so love us, and occasionally He sees fit to have someone slide on up to us and give us a pat on the back, or a smile and a kind word, or a compliment, and we can go on our way feeling just a little better than the moment before, feeling that something we’ve done has reached someone else, has brightened someone’s day, or at least a moment, and in return they’ve brightened ours.
At one time I felt that if someone payed me a compliment, especially for something that I’ve only been able to do through the power of the Holy Spirit, it was necessary (and sufficient, as they say in the math world) to point to the sky and say “He did it.” Never take the compliment for yourself, because the glory is His.
But I just don’t think that way anymore. Yes, sometimes a compliment is an opportunity to witness to the power of the Spirit or to the sacrifice of the Son, or to the love of the Father. But sometimes I think you need to take a compliment as an earthly prelude to a heavenly “Well done.” And just say “Thank you” to that person.
And if it’s not the time to turn the moment into a witness, well, it is a time to say, in your mind, “Thank You, Lord.”
So: “Thank You, Lord, that someone appreciates the display of the talent you gave me enough to call it sassy.”
All In All
That’s it for now. More later.