It was always a mystery to me, but as was the usual case, when our children were small, and the telephone rang, it seemed to be a signal for them to act up.
Most of the time, the telephone conversation was cut short in-order to bring peace back into our household.
Were my children making a demand for attention? Was it something that happens in other households?
I never actually discovered the answer but could only surmise.
Today our children are no longer under our roof, and most of them including our grandchildren have their own smart phones with their own agenda. They are busy with their multi-tasking work, school and play.
Back to our house hold today, it does not take the telephone to ring. We have three dogs who equally demand attention any time of day. If one gets scratched behind the ears and spoken to, quickly rush the other two pushing their way to get in between and to be number one.
There seems to be a driven force within mankind and even animals to be recognized. To be seen, appreciated, understand and accepted.
I am reminded where Jesus instructed us about our good works, that they are to be done in secret and not competing for recognition.
Jesus must have been referring to the extreme mature believer. Because there are times when it is necessary and important to give honor where honor is due.
“Look at me, Look at me,” called our young children when they accomplished a task or an achievement that was significant in their immature life. To ignore them was unthinkable and they needed this reassurance that they were doing well and learning at best.
It is not only children and new believers who need encouragement that they are doing a good work as they serve the Lord, but teachers, helpers, the staff in your church, including your Pastor. A word spoken in earnest kindness does lift the spirits.
Good words spoken are like jewels gifted. Have you given any good words lately?
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