Do you struggle with this? The need for a good old fashion, pat on the back! Self approval. I do; sometimes too much.
After slaving in the kitchen and making that time consuming meal for my family. I anxiously wait after each bit, to hear, this meal is amazing! When I don’t, I am weary. Why did I spend all that time in the kitchen, if no one appreciates it? Not to mention, I now have a sink full of grimy dishes to clean!
When I have spent all day, cleaning, organizing, and managing my home, I look for my husband to say, “Wow Babe, the house looks amazing!”
When I don’t get the response I am hoping for, I get discouraged. Why? My unrealistic expectations are not being fulfilled.
My pride is crushed when my ego isn’t elevated.
I’m not doing it for the glory of God, but the praise of men.
I remember as a teenage girl, my mom would counsel me on this. She said, Traci, someday, when you have a home of your own, you may not always hear “good job!” That is why, it is always important to do things for God’s glory!
So, if you struggle with this, from time to time, like I do. . . what are some important things to remember?
1) Do everything for God’s glory, and not the praise of men.
Colossians 3:23 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all to the glory of God” If you do get some “praise” from people, it will just be an added bonus.
2) Unrealistic Expectations will only leave you discouraged! Sometimes we expect things from people that they are totally unaware of. Whether that be from a parent, spouse, child, or friend.
3) Treat others how you want to be treated! Luke 6:31 says, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” Don’t expect anything in return.