“The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” (Reference: Proverbs 16:5 )
Yesterday, beloved, I gave you a whirl-wind tour of Anabaptist/Mennonite beliefs on pride and humility. I mentioned in passing that accepting compliments and praise are not always easy. But I did not mention, and I was reminded of when I re-read what I wrote five years ago on this day, is that Anabaptists/Mennonites have a very strong work ethic. We may not display much pride, but we work very hard to do as well as we can in all things. We do not seek or expect praise when we exceed the expectations others have for us; just the knowledge that we have done what was needed is enough.
The way I would describe this is quiet competency. That is a sense of knowing what you can and cannot do; accepting what you cannot do and focusing on what you can. You do not need someone to tell you whether or not you have done well; you know that within yourself. It is not a matter of pride. Pride says “look at me and what I have accomplished!” Competency says, “I have put my best effort forth and have not shirked away because the task was difficult.” I do not know how to say it any differently, or any better.
What I can do beloved is give to you the same blessing I wrote five years ago. May the God of quiet competency be with you this day, and may you sing the praises of our Lord God, and may God bless you with the divine affirmation and encouragement you deserve. Selah!