It is said confession is good for the soul and from experience, I know this to be true. (Heavy sigh) Okay, here it goes…
I tag along with several blogs, some with Jesus as their foundation, a few centered on hobbies/activities of interest, and others purposed to sharpen my writing skills. While exploring the many tidbits of wisdom and encouragement, displays of award badges are found in many a sidebar making me wonder and whine to myself, “where is my award?”
Now you can imagine my excitement when I read the announcement from Drusilla Mott nominating me for the 7×7 Link Award. “Wahoo, I have received another award! I am being recognized again! Oh, I wonder if views to my blog will increase!” Then just as suddenly, a little whisper tickles my ear, “Sunshine, whose award? Who is the spotlight on? Whose blog is this?” Ouch! That tickle felt more like a 2×4 whacking me across the skull spilling mountains of pride through my ears. (Proverbs 16:5) As I run for a q-tip while rubbing my aching cranium, I ask God to forgive me and tell myself again, “Suck it up, sunshine, it’s NOT about you! It is about the One who created you!”
Now, in order to accept this award, there are certain requirements to fulfill. The first is to thank the one who nominated you. I am sure you will forgive me for first thanking my Creator for working through the ordinariness of my days as He gives me many hmmm moments to teach me more about Him. And, thank you, Dru, for considering me worthy of this recognition.
As for the other requirements, I find myself declining. Please do not think I am against this award or similar ones. We must be supportive of and encourage each other. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Proverbs 25:11, Romans 1:12) However, I find the prerequisites a little unsettling. In my opinion, they draw attention back to me and I am not up for another wallop from His 2×4. So for me, paying this forward will come after asking advice from the One who finds it necessary to knock me over the noggin now and then. (Cleansing breath)