… the other person.
How often has that happened to you. You work, you give your effort, you make something successful and the accolades go to another maybe less deserving person. It’s frustrating, anger provoking and demoralizing. However, maybe, just maybe we can examine this in a different light and actually take joy when that happens.
For instance, remember Gideon. When he was asked by God to save Israel, he responded like this
15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” Judges 6:15
but the Creator of the Universe said in reply to him
“I will be with you.”
It seems God likes to use us when we think we are weak for his glory. Notice 2 Corinthians:
10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
In our weakness, we are strong.
So, how does this relate to other’s getting the accolades. I think it’s like this – God uses us in our weakness to show his glory versus the alternative which is that we forsake God and claim that it was all us.
When others are given the praise, remember what you are working for. Is it bring glory upon your head, or to bring glory to the Lord? I think I will set out to bring glory to the Lord, becoming nothing in the eyes of men – just a servant of the Creator of the World.
So today, as you enter the battlefield of life, recall Gideon, least in the weakest clan, but made a great warrior when he let God lead him.