Work on my television series has begun in earnest; I’ll be in Vancouver for the next several months, working with over a hundred people to produce the show. I hesitate to call it “my” show. My goal is that it will be “our” show, that everyone involved will be as excited and invested as I am. Even when people ask me where the idea came from, I hesitate: The idea came from God, as all good things do, and He gave me the gifts to turn it into a script. He led me to other people He had also gifted, and they used their gifts to help get the project to this point. I’ll be leaning on Him constantly as we work, asking Him to help me be good at my job, to watch over the whole team, and to watch over my family while I’m away.
This point of view didn’t come quite as naturally as it should have. Early in my career, I worried about making sure my contributions were noticed and acknowledged. But with maturity, both professional and spiritual, I’ve been able to release the concern about who gets the credit, and concentrate on doing the best job possible. After all, those of us blessed to walk with God know that all glory goes to Him.
When we focus on what we are meant to do, rather than who will notice us as we do it, we can fully embrace the joy of the task, whether it is work, service, or simply loving each other. We can stop doing things for ourselves and start doing them for God and for each other.
On this Palm Sunday, let us not stand in His way, trying to attract the applause of the crowd. Let us place ourselves beside Him, shouting in joy as we walk together, encouraging others to see Him and love Him.
Give up credit: Give glory.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11