So, here I am, writing. Again.
Anyway, I want to share a song with you; one I've known for years but still has a deep impact on me whenever I hear or sing it. It's titled 'O Lord, you're beautiful' and originally by a guy called Keith Green. One day, I'll share his story. But, for now, just listen...(I've shared the version from Jesus Culture, but you can find the original version here).
Here are the lyrics...
O Lord, You're beautiful
Your face is all I seek
And when Your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me
I wanna take Your word and shine it all around
But first, help me just to live it, Lord
And when I'm doing well, help me to never seek a crown
For my reward is giving glory to You.
I can't really put to words all the reasons I love this song, but one of them is because it challenges me.
'And when I'm doing well, help me to never seek a crown, for my reward is giving glory to you.'
I'm always struck by these words because I know that when things are going well for me, whether in some form of ministry, or in my career, when I'm in the spotlight, that's when I'm tempted to think that I got there all by myself, and it's all about me. That's when I'm tempted to lap it up, to be noticed even more.
This song reminds me every time that it's not about me, it's about Him. My reward is not an earthly crown, or praise from men. My reward is bringing glory to His name.
Let me know if it speaks to you too.