Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2
Praise sometimes can seem intoxicating. Although we all want to feel accepted and loved, our focus occasionally can be misdirected.
It is wise to worry less about what men think and to keep our hearts set on Jesus. The best praise we could ever hear is, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” and there is nothing wrong with making that a motivating goal.
God loves you so much, so unconditionally, that no praise on earth can compare to the approval and acceptance His love brings. His Holy Spirit will warm you when you have done well and will convict you when you need improvement. Waiting for man’s nod is waiting for second best.
The proper response to earthly praise is to take it for what it is: a momentary acknowledgment from someone to whom you ultimately do not have to answer. Say something like, “Thank you very much. You’re very kind,” or “Thank you. That is an encouragement to me.” That is all you need to say. Meanwhile, inside your heart make it a practice to funnel the praise directly to God.
Even as the person is complimenting you, simply think, Thank You, Father. You are so good to me. You will pass along the praise to whom it really belongs instead of letting it settle in and ferment.
Thank You, Father. You are so good to me. I am passing along the praise.