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VBS had come to a close and we were at our last assembly together. Many long hours had gone into planning this event. There wasn’t a child that left that whole entire week that did not go home with not only an exciting story to share but they were also reminded over and over again that they were loved by God. As I addressed all these children’s parents I caught myself choking up. The months of planning and saving pennies was totally worth it. Those children had been impacted and would forever remember the summer that they “blew stuff up” at Macedonia Baptist Church.
Sunday morning went as a normal Sunday morning usually does. Only this time my little VBS crew sang songs, shouted words of wisdom and then we viewed a slide show from the week. My heart swelled with joy and yes once again I got choked up. Fellow church members hugged me and told me how great it all went. Of course being a good little southern girl I pointed it back to the volunteers. All the while I had pride filling my heart. Yep, I did a great job.
I was way wrong…………
It was God was the one who provided us with the means to obtain the funds for VBS.
It was God who sent the children to fill the activity stations.
It was God who inspired volunteers to step in and touch those children’s lives.
It was God who showed up daily to help us fill those children with His Truths.
Later that evening I had to repent to God. I had developed a prideful heart and I had begun to take credit for all His work. The glory of that week’s event wasn’t mine to have. That glory belonged to God and I needed to be reminded that I was simply the Earthly vessel that helped carry it out.
As I was reading Number’s chapter 20 God reminded me of this story. Moses and Aaron had gotten so tired of the people’s complaining that he actually took credit for fulfilling their need. He had forgotten to give God the glory even though he knew in his heart that God was, in fact, the one who had provided the provision.
Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?”And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. ~Numbers 20:10-11
Moses and Aaron had been used to provide provisions to the chosen people by God. Their purpose was to guide the people into a life of submission to God and only God. By allowing emotions to take hold they actually caused themselves the pain of knowing that they themselves would never walk into the Promise Land.
So many times we allow emotions to cloud our own judgments. We allow pride to take hold and we forget that they glory is not our own. God is the one that we need to attribute all our success to. After all if it were not for His provisions we would not have all the things that we do have.
We would not have our children.
We wouldn’t have our homes.
We wouldn’t be able to serve effectively.
We wouldn’t have the chance to serve those in our homes.
Pride can be a huge downfall if we are not careful. Instead, we always need to remember that the glory of our service isn’t for ourselves…….It belongs to God.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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