But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Where I spend most of my time is a sure indicator of what I value most
What others see should only be my love and devotion to Christ. That is what deepens when I practice gratitude daily—in word and in deed. Choosing gratitude is an intentional act.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalms 100:4
The psalmist praised God with thanksgiving and made known His deeds. I’m admonished to do likewise, knowing that my achievements and victories are not my own. This theme has been very present in my mind lately, at times afflicting me, at times longing for His face because success should never be self-centered, but rather Christ-centered. I am convicted when I read Peter’s admonition:
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Peter 3:4
The work everyone sees is not the sum total of our worth. Output—while it may be a by-product of where our heart is—can actually set us on a course that longs for others to see us, that demands our value be measured by man’s standard. If we’re not intentional about knowing God first, deepening our love for Him above everything else, we’ll fall prey to the enemy’s deception.
I’m finding that where I spend most of my time is a sure indicator of what I value most. Being among God’s people, pondering His word, reading the wisdom found in His pages, and experiencing profound joy are reasons to worship Him with intention.
When we’re uncertain about where we’re heading, we ought to stop to give thanks, no matter the circumstance. Our Spirit-filled lives will bear tremendous fruit when we thank God for everything, not just when successes enter our lives by surprise.