Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
by Kimberly B. Southall

Whenever we have accomplished a difficult task or gained something of value, we often are tempted to brag about ourselves or the object we've gotten. Do you suppose this is okay? Not really. While it is wonderful to be thankful for what we have and it is good to be confident in our ability to do something, we must be careful not to think more of ourselves or our possessions that we ought to. Why not? Because everything we have and everything we are is only that way because God has allowed it. All good things come from God. That includes all of the things we have, all the things we can do, even our very lives. Everything that is good comes from God. That is why we really don't have the right to brag or boast about what we have done or what we have gottenbecause if it weren't for God's generosity, we wouldn't have been able to do anything or have received anything.

There is a scripture which speaks about boasting. It instructs us what we should and should not boast about:

23This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

Have you accomplished something which makes you feel good? Great! Go right ahead and share that achievement with a friend or loved onebut be sure that you give credit where credit is dueto God who gave you that ability and opportunity. Did you receive something nice? Wonderful! Go right ahead and tell someone about itbut be sure to give credit where credit is dueto God who allowed you to receive it. Share what God has done for you with those around you. Let everyone know how loving, kind, and generous God is with youand them. Give credit where credit is due.

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