Who Gets the Credit?
Have you ever noticed how many people get up and leave when it’s time for the credits at the end of a movie? Here you have enjoyed a great story representing countless hours of work that a huge team has slaved over, but you don’t really care who all gets the credit. I wonder if we do that in real life.
Thanksgiving is an act of humility. Expressing thanks is saying that credit or praise belongs to someone else; to God or to other people. Arrogant pride says I’m not sufficiently served by others; I did it by myself. I am self sufficient. I don’t want to owe anyone anything. I internalize the credit and externalize the blame.
But life with Jesus Christ is so different. He designs things so I can’t do it by myself. On purpose! He wants me to see that I need Him. Desperately. And then when I succeed, or maybe just survive an ordeal, I must give Him the credit. He is to be thanked!
When you take the time to shake someone’s hand and say “thank you,” you are giving that person credit. You acknowledge that they did something that was beyond your control or ability.
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” Arnold H. Glasow
Are there people in your life that need to receive credit from you? What about your God? Do you thank Him for who He is and what He has done?
Thanksgiving is giving the credit to someone else
Giving flowers at the end of a concert, or a conductor pointing his finger to orchestra members in gratitude, are gestures of someone giving credit to another. Speeches given by award recipients typically deflect praise and thanks to parents and friends. Christian coaches and quarterbacks throw their thanks to teammates and to Jesus Christ.
We give thanks when we release the credit from ourselves and give that credit to another. When God exhorts us to give thanks in every circumstance, He knows that is for our own good. It is a self-sufficient and thankless society that will call a day dedicated to giving thanks to God “turkey day.”
We receive a blessing, something the Bible calls “grace,” when we release the credit. This is why a family holding hands around the table and giving thanks to the One who provided the food they are about to receive calls it “saying grace.” It’s profound, just like our amazing Lord Jesus said in Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
So, resolve this week to pass along credit to three people in your life, thanking them for who they are to you or what they’ve done for you. And then also talk to your Father, and the Son, and the Spirit about the credit they immensely deserve for all that they have done in you and for you.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward