One Guideposts author shares how he was reminded that it is the Lord that we should seek, not the appreciation of others.
Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. —Psalm138:6 (niv)
When I was living in Austin, Texas, my parents came to visit. They wanted to see the sights and eat the Mexican food I’d been raving about, but what I most wanted to show them was my church.
I took them to Austin Central Church and happily introduced them to some of the friends I’d made. The church had co-pastors whom I’d come to appreciate and who always had moving sermons. This time, however, an assistant pastor gave the sermon. She focused on a particular theological doctrine that I didn’t agree with, and it didn’t fit with the spirit of the congregation and wasn’t meaningful to me.
I was upset and embarrassed. When we left, I apologized to my parents and tried to explain that it was usually better. “I just loved being in a place you love so much,” my dad said. Here I was trying to impress my parents with how great my church was, but not allowing the service to help me grow closer to God. If I didn’t agree with a sermon, it was a chance to reexamine my beliefs, not to get angry and defensive. No apologies necessary.
Thank You, Lord, for reminding me that it’s You, not the appreciation of others, that I seek.
Written by Sam Adriance
Digging Deeper: 1 Chr 16:10; Pss 9:10, 27:8