Praise or Obedience?

Good morning!

What a fabulous winter day here in the Midwest.  I’m loving all this snow!


Jason snow-blowing our driveway…which is long!

Jason ended up helping our neighbor across the street get unstuck out of her driveway by pushing her car out of a snow embankment, (because he’s a stud like that).  Later, we found a thank you card on our door addressed to “the gentlemen who helped me out this morning” with a 10-dollar bill!  We were touched by her thoughtfulness in thanking Jason for his time and brute strength.  :)

jay love

He’s so amazing. (That’s our niece, by the way)

So… I still don’t have 100% of my lung capacity due to this stinkin’ pneumonia, so I’m getting a little  extremely stir-crazy!  My workout this morning was getting to my chiropractic appointment and back.  The rudimentary task actually took it out of me, and I slept for an hour and a half afterward!  Sigh.

I am SO glad that my sis-in-law and I got together last week to make a ton of energy bars, because it makes breakfast while I’m sick so easy!

fast bfast

Today in Luke, I came across chapter 17:7-10:

When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, he doesn’t just sit don and eat.  He must first prepare his master’s meal and serve him his supper before eating his own.  And the servant is not even thanked, because he is merely doing what he is supposed to do.

In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are not worthy of praise.  We are servants who have simply don’t our duty.’

Pretty convicting!  I know that sometimes I’m feeling pretty good about myself when we’re giving to a ministry or working the food shelter or leading Bible study… but it’s all what we’re supposed to be doing as followers of Jesus.  He is worthy of all praise, not ourselves.  This verse applied to Jason’s act of kindness this morning; he wasn’t expecting any thank you at all, he was simply doing what a [studly] man who loves God should be doing:  helping out a neighbor.


What about you?  Are there times that you do a duty for the praise instead of simply obedience to a Perfect God?

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3 responses to “Praise or Obedience?

  1. That passage always hits me hard, since I have a tendency to less than expected (and then complain no less). At least God is merciful. Thanks for the reflections (and the pics! Us SoCal people are jealous of all the pretty snow).

    • Thanks, Lindsay! I totally relate to you SoCal folk… We were living in San Diego County just four months ago! We love the snow, but are sure missing the beaches about now… ;)

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