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We often like to degrade ourselves when we are being praised in public – especially women. As Jane Austen wrote in her most exquisite book, Pride and Prejudice, ladies in general, mildly defame themselves to gain the sympathy or attention of their general audience. It is a “cunning craft”, I can hear her say.
I was once guilty of this scheme. I later realized that if another person praises me because he saw a specific good trait or talent in me, then it must be that I have that kind of gift, and I should be graciously thankful that the Grand Designer, God, made me with such a treasure. From then on I always say “thank you” whenever someone recognizes my skills. I don’t say “it’s nothing”, or “it was just pure luck”. It’s like saying that God did not intentionally make you, He just picked up whatever He could find His bare hands to do and formed you without any intricate detailing.
God didn’t make us out of luck or boredom. He made us out of His pleasure. You and I both are His good ideas which He masterfully and wonderfully created. Do not be ashamed of your talents. Discover them and use them. And when someone sees them and acknowledges their creativity and usefulness, be humble enough to say thank you.
God has handpicked each and every one of us for a specific purpose. We must learn to recognize our value in His Great Scheme of things. Only then may we be able to truly appreciate our existence.
Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.