On Seeking Recognition

Today is um . . . Tuesday! That’s it! Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Day 21,635.

“Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.” ~ Sidney J. Harris
The Quotations Page

Canarding ~ The action of playing a wind instrument in such a way as to produce a harsh sound like that of a duck.

Today is Applesauce Cake Day. That’s one way to get your fruits in. Jim Davis once said, “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

I pretty much covered everything from yesterday in a previous post, so I won’t rehash any of that. I’ll see if I can add a picture, though.

That’s from my walk on the beach last night. Two seagulls were kind enough to pose for me in fairly close proximity.

After I finish this blog, we’ll probably get ready and hit the road back to Portland for some more adventuring. We plan to hit up Voodoo Doughnut and Salt and Straw ice cream, as well as Multnomah Falls. Should be a fun day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD,
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

Psalm 135:1, 3, 5
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:14
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah.

Psalm 50:2, 6
Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
Psalm 108:2
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
John 14:11
When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?
O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.

Psalm 114
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
The Gloria
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer

(From The President’s Devotional)

Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
John 21:25

Along with Joshua DuBois, I, too, have always been fascinated by the last verse in the Gospel of John. What were these “many other things?” What else did Jesus do that we don’t know about? As humans, we always seem to want to be recognized for our deeds. We want them to be noticed, recorded, written down for posterity. “But even Christ himself did not think it was important to ensure that every good and holy act of His be recorded in history.” John tells us that there were many more that we’ll never know about.

This is an example for us to heed. Let us live our lives, living out the works of Jesus, walking in his steps, putting his words into practice in our lives. Let us not be concerned about our “legacy.” “History will take care of itself, and our unspoken, unrecorded works will have the impact intended for them.”

This is one reason that, for many years, I have been uncomfortable when people get called out for their good deeds, to be recognized in front of the whole church. I don’t even like it when someone gets up and boasts about something that the whole church did, such as providing stockpiles of food for a local school. We don’t need to boast. We just need to quietly do the things that Christ directs us to do, and leave the rest to God.

“Dear God let me tend to the tasks at hand, and let history take care of itself. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Father, help me to care less about people knowing about anything that I do. Let me not seek recognition for the things that I do while following Christ.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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