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A desperate cry for significance

Do you remember the bizarre story of “Balloon Boy” and his alleged entrapment in the accidental release of a hot air balloon near Boulder?

A riveted nation watched with horror as the UFO-looking balloon drifted across the fruited plains of Colorado. And when our fears for the little boy crash landed, we learned it had all been a hoax perpetrated by parents desperate for notoriety.

More recent was the tragic account of the woman who smeared drain cleaner on her face in a failed attempt at suicide, and then claimed a passerby on the street had thrown acid on her. Her bandaged face was on the news every night as the story unfolded over the next few weeks.

The cry for significance is a common malady, inherent in every human heart. Some keep the need well hidden, while the neediest amongst us are walking billboards, as in the aforementioned cases.

I’m sure you can think of others. For many people the cry is no more than a soft whisper, but it’s there nonetheless.

How does your cry for significance manifest itself? Is the focus of your conversation or your writing centered in self? Sometimes the manifestation can be so subtle you might deceive even yourself. Recently, I’d hinted to a friend to check out a very useful website that I thought would benefit her greatly. Truth was I wanted her to see one of my best, most well-written (in my humble opinion) devotions, which was to be posted on the site that day. Later that day, I checked the website to see it for myself and, to my chagrin, my devotion had been attributed to someone else.

The Lord Jesus admonished us to examine our hearts. What motivates us to do the things we do, specifically our acts of kindness to others and our service to God? Do you do it for recognition or for a pat on the back? Be careful fellow writers that you do not broadcast your deeds from the rooftops, but do them humbly and sincerely for God’s kingdom. Your reward awaits you in heaven, where you will joyfully cast the crowns rewarded you at the feet of your Lord and Savior. He alone deserves the praise.

Remember, those who find their significance in the Lord will have no need to seek it from the world.

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Note: We have begun a Virtual Boiler Room Prayer Group every Thursday morning at 8 a.m. The idea came from Charles Spurgeon. Every Sunday morning when he preached, a group of prayer warriors sat below his pulpit and prayed while he preached. He called them his boiler room group. The power was electrifying and people were changed. Every Thursday morning when this newspaper is distributed and read, where ever you are, if you will stop and pray with us that the readers will be touched in Spirit and Truth. See you in the Boiler Room at 8 a.m. on Thursday mornings.

Betty Slade