Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Can You Hear The Applause?

We hear applause everywhere: At political rallies, at sporting events, at concerts, and yes, even in worship services (not a bad thing if the applause are directed to the Lord).
What is interesting to me though, is the type and amount of applause that is being offered up. Each setting is different, yet the clapping and cheering are pretty much the same.

Applause is a two-edged sword. On the one hand (no pun intended), it encourages the receiver to go forward, press on, and work harder. But on the other hand (still no pun intended), it can become like a drug that causes people to do things so they can receive more.

And that brings me to the question that I am so fond of asking not only to myself, but to others also: Why do you do what you do? Is it because you have a deep-seated need to express yourself in the area that you have been gifted (profession, arts, sports, etc.)? Or do you simply do it for the applause?

Each of us were created with gifts, talents, and abilities. Are we using those gifts, talents, and abilities to receive applause (it can come in other forms besides clapping), or are we exercising those gifts, talents, and abilities to make life better for others? 

Which brings me to another one of those questions: Are we living for ourselves, or are we living for others?

When the applause are over, how do you feel? Empty? Fulfilled? Wanting more?

Think about it. I applaud your consideration. Lead Well!

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