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Do you ever have a day when you feel like you’re on the top of your game and you can do no wrong professionally? You nailed that client meeting and you are saying to yourself, “I’m just too good. I run this right here!” The business community leaders are telling you that you can achieve whatever you set you mind to and if you can dream it, it’s yours. Just reach down deep within yourself or touch base with the universe or strategize harder and you’ll end up on top.

You want to build that business empire? A word of caution, if I may. Give praise where praise is due. This is not the time to slip into a case of AIA. God gives everyone gifts and abilities. Without His help, we can do nothing. He is the one who puts kings in authority and He is the one who takes them out.  …This is like the perfect time to cue that famous Cosby scene:

Think of King Nebuchadnezzar as the CEO or President of a really big conglomerate called Babylon. He’d accomplished so many hostile takeovers that he’d lost count. One night, he had a dream that he couldn’t understand and his “think tank” chief, Daniel, gave him the interpretation along with some advice. He said, “Boss, God wants you to know that even though you feel you’ve done quite a bit for yourself, it’s really His show, not yours. So you may want to fall back on the pride and repent.”

To which Pres. Nebby said 1 year later, “Dude I rock! Look what I’ve built and how awesome I am.” (Yeah, I’m paraphrasing here.) Cue Alec Baldwin’s famous “I am God” speech:

The One, true God’s reply? Let’s just say wild beasts had nothing on Nebby for 7 years until the guy came back from his mental breakdown and “frolic” in the wilderness.

The moral? How do we work and build in a way that doesn’t tempt God to send us to the psych ward? Humble thankfulness. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” -Psalm 150:6

God wants us to be fruitful with all of the gifts that He’s given us but we need to recognize that we haven’t earned that gifting or that position of authority. While we may take on the responsibility of exercising those gifts, all good things come from Him and not from within ourselves. Giving thanks to God for our gifting and asking for His opinion on the decisions that we make moment by moment keeps that pesky pride in place while helping us build character that, in the end, is way more important.

So, do you have a story like Pres. Nebby’s? Let’s take a brief pause and ask the Holy Spirit to realign our thinking…

Leave me a comment and tell me how you plan to increase thankfulness and praise in your business today.

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