Anonymity…in its purest form
You can accomplish much if you don’t care who gets the credit.
It’s a natural instinct to desire recognition for one’s accomplishments. Yet, there is always an inherent danger associated with great achievement, especially for addicts. We must be ever vigilant not to allow a prideful spirit to overtake us, or to glory in our own sense of self-worth. Always remember from whom your gifts and talents come. True reward comes when as humbly as possible we are willing to do, with no one watching, that which we would do when all eyes are upon us!
Thought for the day
Motives are so important for those of us who choose recovery over addiction. We must not allow pride to contaminate the purity of our actions and the authenticity of our character and behaviors. In a way, all of us are very fortunate to be given the opportunity to anonymously heal and be of service to our fellow man. Can you imagine what anonymous programs would be like if recognition was given to sponsors, trusted servants or those involved in outreach and other service positions? Why 12 step programs could not exist because we would constantly demand more and more kudos and service awards! So my question is; who are we truly serving? Let’s not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing?
Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.
~Colossians 3:23,24 (NLT)~
We won’t dare compare ourselves with those who think so much of themselves. But they are foolish to compare themselves with themselves. The Scriptures say, “If you want to brag, then brag about the Lord.” You may brag about yourself, but the only approval that counts is the Lord’s approval.
~2 Corinthians 10:12,17,18 (CEV)~
Take care! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give a gift to someone in need, don’t shout about it as the hypocrites do–blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I assure you, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone, don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.
~Matthew 6:1-4 (NLT)~
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. ~Ephesians 2:8-10 (NASB)~