I know what you’re thinking; “God is always at the Grammy’s, Ronnie!” or “God get’s thanked in nearly every speech, he’s always there, Ronnie!” But the Grammy’s were so much different this year. God was forefront from the beginning to the end, in major ways. In more ways than I feel he has ever been before.
It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone is ready for the end of the year, but we have one more holiday to get through first. The one that has so many meanings to so many people. Yes, Christmas; the most misunderstood, stressful, and risky. This holiday affects me in all of the Big 4; Christianity, alcoholism, mental illness, and homosexuality. I always dread going into this holiday because of all the implications it could have on me. Will I forget to acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas? How many events will I go to that there will be alcohol? How will my mind handle the stress and anxiety of all the expectations surrounding this day? How many ‘Clobber Passage’ zealots will I be able to avoid before one of them throws one of those scriptures at me?
Money management hasn’t always been my strong suit. In fact, I have spent a scary amount of money on the most frivolous thing. At one time my habit was spending countless amounts of money on iTunes for every song I thought I ever wanted. It has transitioned to one thing after another over the years, but I never really understood why I couldn’t kick the habit like all the other adults in my life. I felt immature and careless. I wanted to be better about my money, but couldn’t ever seem to find a way.
All to often I find myself being proud of my accomplishments or progress. To the point of showing off so others can appreciate me. I find myself seeking out other projects to stay at the forefront of appreciation from others. This can, and often does, lead to a sense of superiority over your issues and lack of recognition for where you strength and progress all came from. We are taking credit and flaunting our false conception that we are in control. Staying humble is one of the best ways you can please God and show your gratitude for His awesome gifts.
By being humble in our every action is to show God that you we He is the one in control and gives us the required strength to handle whatever is going on our lives. Whether it be finishing a project, buying a brand new car, flaunting a raise, etc. By taking credit, we are completely ignoring God in these moments. Not only do you come across as conceited to people, you are coming across as ungrateful to God. Avoiding both of these by going to God and thanking Him for your achievements and not boasting in front of people, you will find better peace with God and a better two way relationship. He loves you so He gave you what you have, and we are bowing down giving Him what we have; love, gratitude, loyalty, devotion.