Whose Praise Are We Seeking - Our Own or God's - Philippians 3:8

Young people are greedy for praise
"According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, corporations like Lands End and Bank of America are hiring 'praise teams' to keep up with Gen Y’s demand for constant positive reinforcement. Other generations believed that as long as no one fired them, their work must be okay. Gen Y needs constant praise..." (Aspen Ed &WSJ)

We live in the age of self-esteem, not God-esteem, and this focus on self has warped many of our priorities, even in the Church. We're busier seeking self-esteem, happiness, health and comfort than seeking God's kingdom. 

Are we interested in pleasing God or pleasing ourselves?

It's not just material greed that ruins us. We can be ruined by greed for self-importance. 

Paul had the right attitude:
I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. ~Philippians 3:8
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  1. How wonderful are HIs ways! This morning ours mall group ( I still prefer Sunday school) we discussed todays "convenient Christianity"..Even in some of todays churches there is a welfare Gospel. Thank you for speaking out as you do and know that I am holding you up in prayer.

    1. Yes, Regena, "convenient Christianity" is a good way to put it.
      And thanks so much for your prayers. They mean so much.
      Gail : )


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