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marbella3 65F
2318 posts
2/11/2019 3:51 am

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2/12/2019 3:45 am

Giving Credit

Bible in a Year:

Leviticus 11–12; Matthew 26:1–25
Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:31

Jeremiah 9:23-26
In the early 1960s, some unusual paintings featuring a person or animal with huge, sad eyes became popular. Some considered the work “kitschy”—or tacky—but others delighted in it. As the artist’s husband began to promote his wife’s creations, the couple grew quite prosperous. But the artist’s signature—Margaret Keane—didn’t appear on her work. Instead, Margaret’s husband presented his wife’s work as his own. Margaret fearfully remained silent about the fraud for twenty years until the couple’s marriage ended. It took a courtroom “paint-off” between them to prove the true artist’s identity.

The man’s deception was clearly wrong, but even as followers of Jesus, we may find it easy to take credit for talents we possess, leadership skills we display, or even for our kind deeds to others. But those qualities are possible only because of God’s grace. In Jeremiah 9, we find the prophet lamenting the lack of humility and the unrepentant hearts of the people. He wrote that the Lord says we shouldn’t boast of our wisdom, our strength, or our riches, but only that we might understand and know that He is the Lord “who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth” (v. 24).

Our hearts fill with gratitude as we realize the identity of the true Artist. “Every good and perfect gift is . . . from the Father” (James 1:17). All of the credit, all of the praise belongs to the Giver of good gifts.

Today's Reflection
Dear Father, thank You for all the good gifts You so graciously give.


MrsJoe 72F
11124 posts
2/11/2019 6:53 am

I did not know that about the big eye pictures! Learned something new.
All that I am, and all that I have, I owe to God and I thank Him daily for it.


If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.


deborahsu2 79F
3282 posts
2/11/2019 12:42 pm

I was not aware of that fact. I did like the pictures!! I would be a big blob of nothing without God.