Sacrificing My Praise

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What if each time someone celebrated my skills
Or expertise,
I re-gifted the applause to the Father
Instead of desiring an encore ovation? 

What if each time someone praised my wisdom
Or education,
I returned the accolade to the Lord
Instead of celebrating with a personal party?

What if each time my child scored a goal, made the grade,
Or won an award,
I restored the admiration to His Name
Instead of attempting to build my own?

What if I truly regarded all praise given to me
As a gift to present to God Who created everything?



May my praise be offered, not simply in word and song,
But sacrificed, in deed and truth.