Look What I Did!

My boys are so precious. I love them fiercely and applaud their uniqueness. They are each so different and perfectly compliment and balance one another in such an inspiring brotherhood. One of the traits these boys share is their love of applause. Boy, do we love giving them a standing ovation.

Yesterday we took the boys to the park. Each one was on different pieces of playground equipment on opposing sides of the park. I promise you I was on the verge of sheer whiplash from looking towards one “Watch me, Mama!” after another. They wanted me to see every great thing their little bodies could do.

Later that day, Ryder shared a toy and made sure to tell me he was being a good brother. This morning after our bible lesson, Jaxon used the words, “Yes ma’am”. He pointed out his good manners. I applauded them both. Little did they know that their deeds had not gone unnoticed and I was already cheering in my own heart.

Hebrews 6:10
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

What always moves my heart is selfless service. I get how tempting it is to tell the world about our many volunteer hours or the neighbor we helped or the stranger we purchased coffee for, but is recognition our reason for service? I have found myself literally biting my tongue when fighting the urge to brag about my acts of service.

This falls into the category of “if your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” I have seen people do incredibly selfless things and then diminish their service by spotlighting it. My mother is an avid volunteer. She is a servant to great causes and she truly has a heart of service. I do not know this because of her own proclamation. I know this because I am a witness to it.

I was raised in that. I value that and I am astounded by her servitude. I heard a very inspiring speaker on Thursday evening. The person who introduced him went on and on about his service to others. That person was changed and helped by the speaker’s service. Guess how many times that speaker mentioned his acts of kindness or service? Zero.

1 Peter 4:10
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

God sees us. Our deeds do not go unnoticed. We are not forgotten in His eternal award ceremony any more than we are getting away with our sin. We do not need to ride into the world with a banner of our accomplishments and good deeds.

The boys are little. I imagine that they will keep score for a few more years. My goal as a parent is to teach them the importance of doing the right thing solely because it is the right thing. As always, being a mother brings out so much self-awareness and bears such spiritual treasures.

I assure you, dear friends, that God has applauded our every “Yes ma’am” and has smiled upon the days that we shared our toys.

Mark 12:41-44

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.

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