When you do something special or good or nice, do you feel proud of yourself? If so, do you think it’s OK to feel that way? Or is it maybe better to thank God for helping you do good things? I think it’s better to thank God, and I’ll share some reasons with you why I think so.
How many rocks have you ever made? And did you ever invent a tree? Have you ever made a river magically appear? A rock, a tree, and water seem like simple things. But there isn’t anybody on earth who can create any of them. In fact, you won’t find anybody who could make even a grain of sand, a seed, or even a tiny drop of water. That’s because only God can make those things.
That’s why when you do something like win a race, or paint a picture, or write a song, you shouldn’t be proud of yourself. You should thank the Lord He gave you strong legs, or good eyes, or an ear for music. After all, God was the one who created you. He designed muscles and bones and eyes and ears. He gave you a brain. And He gave your brain the power to think your own thoughts. Dream your own dreams. And even sing your own songs. But you wouldn’t have any of those things without God. He must love you a lot to make so many wonderful things for you to enjoy. Right?
It’s OK for others who love you to be proud of you. They want to see you do good and awesome things. That means you’re growing and getting better and better at what you know how to do. But don’t be too proud of yourself. You could end up hurting the ones you love. You don’t wanna do that, do you? Remember, there ARE some things God hates. And at the top of His list is “a proud look“. So, what do you say? Are you ready to do some great things and give thanks to God? I hope so. And here’s a rhyme to help you remember…
If you’re proud of yourself for the things you do,
Pretty soon no one wants to be around you…
‘Cause you’ll sound just like an old clanging bell
That is out of tune and doesn’t ring so well.
Give a nod to God with a thankful prayer.
Let Him know you’re glad that He’s always there.
And be glad for the gifts that He’s given you.
It’s because of Him you can do what you do.