Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hooked On Praise

I was listening to a Christian radio broadcast one day on my I-pod and they were talking about the dangers of relying on praise from others. They mentioned how it became addictive. As I was listening, certain Hollywood celebrities ran through my mind and how they seem to lose touch with us “regular folk.” They end up sort of living life in a bubble – thriving and depending on praise and adoration. They’ve gotten it so much; they don’t know how to live life without it. I think it’s one of the reasons that some of them simply fall apart when their life on camera comes to an end. When they are left with simply themselves – they don’t know how to come to terms with that. They can’t get a grip.

We are the same way. Sure, it feels good when people talk good about you and lift you up. But we need to be careful that we don’t attach our whole self esteem and identity with that.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a singer. Most girls do. Why, do you think? Is maybe one draw of being a big singer or movie star the fact that everyone seems to love you? We all want to be loved and cherished. But we also need to learn to love and cherish ourselves in a positive, healthy way so that when the crowds (or friends) fade away, that we still have solid roots to stand on.

In Proverbs 31:30 God says, “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is greatly to be praised.”

The beauty and the charm that comes with great praise is fleeting. It won’t always be there. Someone won’t think we’re great or they will criticize us or hurt our feelings. And instead of doing things for our own pure motivation – out of a love for life and the gifts God has given us, we can end up doing things simply out of a need for approval. That’s never healthy!

Compliments are good. We all need encouragement and support. We all need to feel like we’re on the right track and we need affirmation at times. But when we come to rely on praise and focus on it so much that we don’t know who we are or what we are doing without it, then it’s time to reevaluate our priorities and our intent.

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

None of us deserve to be put on a pedestal. So if you’ve been placed there, or even aspire to be there – it just might be time to climb down and leave that role for the Lord. He’s the only one who deserves our unending praise and credit. And He’s the only one who probably helped you get yours.


Debbie said...

Dionna, I couldn't agree with you more on this one. It's too easy to depend on the affirmation and applause of people instead of pleasing the One who matters; our Lord. Many times that involves doing things that others don't see. But God sees.

I actually came by to congratulate you on your award for Top Ten Blogs for Christian Women for 2009. Speaking of awards, that is a good one but obviously well deserved so congrats.

I love the name of your blog Beauty in the Storm. No matter what we may be going through the beauty of Christ can shine in us and through us to impact others. Keep shining your beauty.


His Love Extended--Julie Gorman said...

Great word! God alone deserves our praise...

However I wanted to congratulate you (most humbly of course, lol) for your award for Top Ten Blogs for Christian Women for 2009.

His Love Extended:

Dionna said...

Debbie and Julie - Thanks so much for stopping by and for the congrats! I do hope you'll both return. :)


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