“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but man is tested by the praise he receives.”
Don’t let that praise land on you! It’s all a test!
Turn it toward gratitude to the Lord for anything good that has come through you. As James says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (1:17).
If you have a good voice, it came from him. If you have a superior IQ, God is its origin. Do you have a healthy, even beautiful body and/or face? All of this began in God! Spiritual gifts? Athletically adept? Good at fixing things around the house? Creative? Hard worker? All from Him!
Let praise reverberate off of you and on to the Lord! Use every gift to fulfill that first and second great commandment! Love God! Love others! Love self!
“Let another praise you and not your own mouth, someone else and not your own lips.”
Pass the test!