Jesus tells a parable about a farmer who got a bumper crop. He built bigger barns to store it so he could retire.
He felt good about his stuff, and good about his plans for the future with his stuff.
He took credit for his work. “I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all MY fruits and MY goods.”
It was his! And he was going to use it on himself. He truly felt it was his because he earned it.
Interestingly, the parable earlier showed why the guy had a bumper crop: “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully.”
His success was not attributed to his hard work, his great farming skills, his diligent weeding, nor his genetically modified seeds.
It was attributed to something beyond his control. The ground got the credit.
He thought he made it all happen and it was rightfully his; God thought dirt did it.
How often we attribute our success to our awesomeness, when in reality things entirely out of our control get the credit?
Read biographies of successful people. There’s always a formula, a reason, a path to follow. We adore successful people and eat up their advice about how to follow in their greatness.
Rarely do they ever attribute their success to things they had no control of.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were in the right place at the right time. If they were born 10 years earlier they would not be as successful.
Yet we eat up their advice.
The most popular blogs are about how to have a popular blog. Think about that a second!
Once we take credit for all we do, we’re pretty much on the way to worshiping ourselves or our guru, and God gets left in the dark.
Next thing you know you are serving mammon and not God.
I imagine the same thing is true of many failures as well. What of your failures had little to do with you and much to do with things out of your control?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re not nearly as great as you think, but nor are you as pathetic as you think.
You’re just a person, making their way through life, hoping at some point dirt comes through for ya.
But all along the way, we do all things with thanksgiving knowing that all good gifts come from above.