A few days ago, I was catching up on one of my favorite podcasts, "Gettin' Grown" and the two hosts (Jade and Keia... hey play cousins, if you're reading this✌🏾) were having a discussion about living life to impress and/or leaving an impression in life. Since I get many of the my blog post ideas from the podcasts I listen to, I figured I would take a quick evaluation of where I am, which I hope will encourage you to do the same.
When I first thought about this topic, like you, I automatically thought to myself, " I do what I want... I don't care what others think about me...blah blah blah..." , which is cool or whatever...if it were true 100% of the time, but let's be real, it's not. 🙄 Now don't get me wrong, I'm not by any means saying you should just do mediocre work so that nobody notices. Why would you do that, that's stupid. What I'm asking however is, what is your motivation? Are you doing it because you want others to tell you how great you are....are you looking for a round of applause 👏🏾... for the "wow, look at you"? What happens if you don't get the blue ribbon 🏆 or nobody gives you a pat on the back? If you've ever thought or said any of those things, have you ever considered what the root of this might be for you? Wait... before you stop reading, I can admit that this can be one of my struggles too. For me I think the root of this is pride. That's right, I'm not perfect and even saying that was difficult... because of pride. 🙈
Pride, in my opinion is one of the most subtle, but deadliest sins there are 🐍. Why? Well, there are a few reasons, with the first being, pride gives us the credit for something God accomplished. Essentially pride becomes self- worship, which basically means we're taking the glory that belongs to God and put it on ourselves. Which makes us thieves by taking something that isn't ours...you see where this is going.... on and on. 😱 That's why we have to put ourselves in check and be mindful of our motivations.
Whenever we have an opportunity to do ANYTHING we should do it in a way that is honoring and glorifying to God. After all, we wouldn't be able to do anything in this world without him allowing it 👍🏾. That's how we leave a good impression; by redirecting the focus on Christ and through his grace we are provided with many gifts and talents. It's less about us and way more about who is living in us. When we don't take the credit and we decide to give credit to whom credit is due (God), we are glorifying the one who alone is worthy of it . XO