For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:3 ESV
In a survey conducted with CEO’s from Fortune 500 companies, 80% acknowledge they were in the right place at the right time when the leadership office became available. Many stated that they were not the smartest of their peers nor the best qualified. However, the board of directors saw something that gave them the right of passage into the senior role.
The Book of Ecclesiastes (Chpt. 9:11) states “I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.” From our human perspective, we don’t control all the events in our life. Time and chance happens. Some of you may still think you can controll all the outcomes in your life, but eventually life teaches otherwise. However, there is One who does have last say of the matter.
Looking back over the last forty years of business, family, and service to others, I have to admit for taking undeserving credit for certain accomplishments and achievements. In hindsight, I now recognize God’s favor upon this life. From creating solutions to business problems, marrying my soulmate, and having the resources to serve others is and was the byproduct of the blessing received by his grace. Yes I may have made the effort, but without God’s grace none of the outcome would have been possible.
At the end of day, we are simply stewards of what he has given us. Whether the ability to throw and catch a football, the skills built upon the indwelling gifts given to us at birth, or the mental capacity to analyze and move through the maze of life, everything good within our being came from Him. In addition, the resources from the world around us that we may use and re-use for good (or evil), were placed there by One awesome being. We are simply the stewards accountable and responsible to Him for how we employ them.
So the next time you feel like taking credit for gifts bestowed upon you by the Almighty, maybe instead you may take the time to give him the glory and appreciation for allowing you to share life with Him.
Rooting For You in Christ!
Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married
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