Praise can be a really loaded word. We think of praising good behaviour, worshipping God and receiving accolades. I think that it is an important one to think on. I was thinking of my daughter and how much she craves encouragement but is also quick to give it. I think of how she spontaneously sings songs that she has made up to praise God. I think of the battle I wage in my mind about when to praise her and what for so that I don't raise her to be an entitled, spoiled kid with no concept of dealing with reality.
My thoughts then led on to the praise that I seek. The past several weeks have seen me taking steps ahead in making this writing passion into more of a business. I have learned so much and see the journey laid out ahead of me. A big lesson I have learned though is that I am still a slave to wanting to be praised if I am not careful. It is easy for me to get sucked into obsessing over analytics, thinking about marketing strategies and how to get ahead to the detriment of other areas of my life.
I have been challenged to take a hard look inside. How do I take steps forward in business while still keeping the focus on bringing praise to God and encouragement to others? A day by day journey in letting go and recalibrating my focus.