Don’t work yourself into the spotlight ...

Don’t work yourself into the spotlight; don’t push your way into the place of prominence. It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor than face humiliation by being demoted. -Proverbs 25:6-7

There is a saying that retorts "the bigger they are the harder they fall". The sentiment is not so much about physical size but the size of the ego. I think that most men and some women understand how ego can cause us to do strange things. The cause of ego seems to always involve sacrificing so-called priorities for the things that stroke our pride. Whether it causes a spotlight to shine on our perfect family or on our perfect performance something is just amiss.

Sadly many of us are attracted to leaders, politicians and all sorts of celebritities who have enormous egos. These seem to feed on our adoration. In contrast, a heart of humility causes the spotlight to shine on others rather than ourselves. I am convinced that the strongest people are the ones who play supporting roles in the so-called success of others. In truth humility is the only path to real success. God is opposed to the proud and gives grace to the humble.

Teach us to humble ourselves Lord. Help us to stay ourt of the spotlight. Lead us to put others first.


  1. pricked me to the soul. I have to ask myself all the time, if what I do is for the Lord, or the praise of men. When the "Cookie Lady" get's I send it to the Father...or do I hang on to it. When I teach a lesson, and am I hand it to the Father, or smile, and put it in my pocket to check on daily.... Oh to God be the Glory...Help me to do that without thinking...Just give HIM the glory.

  2. How easy it is to fall into those traps and be puffed up.

    Wanda, you reminded me of Corrie ten Boom's quote: “When people come up and give me a compliment—’Corrie, that was a good talk,’ or ‘Corrie, you were so brave,’ I take each remark as if it were a flower. At the end of each day I lift up the bouquet of flowers I have gathered throughout the day and say, ‘Here you are, Lord, it is all yours.’

  3. Thanks Wanda and Nonnie. I so love the image of flowers of praise being offered up at the end of each day.


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