Having your efforts recognized by others lifts your spirit. It brings energy to continue on and even try harder. It can also feel uncomfortable, embarrassing and even leave feelings of being unworthy.
Recently at work, it has been intense creating something new. I was given the opportunity to expand a program that was proving successful. This shift and expansion was far more complex and at many points felt like it was impossible. Something within me pushed me further. I had a sense that with enough effort we could figure it out.
It has started to come together and my efforts were recognized. I admit that I appreciate the recognition even though it is uncomfortable. Okay, it makes me cringe. I’m not used to this kind of praise. My first response is usually to self deprecate and deflect to others. I try to muster up a thank you.
Effort is a force. It pushes me to keep going. It challenges me to achieve what God has called me to. It lives within me. It becomes my desire to be seen as enough. Then it occurred to me that this was a chance for me to embrace what God sees in me.
3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1a NIV)
Having God lavish love on us doesn’t require effort on our part. I want to be clear on that. Having efforts recognized was an opportunity for me to experience receiving God’s love, and know God’s proud of me. Instead of cringing, I need to receive. I need to allow myself time to feel the sense of wholeness that comes with God’s love. Then, when I can, I need to recognize others efforts and give them the same opportunity.
How are you for receiving praise for your efforts? Do you cringe? Do you allow yourself time soak in God’s expression of love through others? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.