Last night I found out I'm nominated for two Lonestar EMMY Awards. Dope right?!
My initial thought when a co-worker called with the news was, “what?!” Then I wanted to scream but couldn't cause I was inside of a Chinese restaurant getting some take-out.
I called my parents and told them the news. From there emails & text messages from co-workers flowed in. At the end of the night, it all felt surreal. I went online and watched my nominated works to try and see what the 1st round judges saw that warranted such an accolade. I didn't get it.
I'm not saying the videos were horrible, but I just didn't understand “Why me?,” “Why this?” and most of all…”How?”
Before working at Daystar, I had no prior tv experience. I had to learn everything on the job. I honestly didn't and still don't even watch a lot of television, so its odd to be nominated for one of the most esteemed awards in a field that I haven't studied or ever really aspired to be in.
This, to me, is evidence of God.
In Nehemiah 6, a once destroyed wall, had just been rebuilt to reinstate protection for Jerusalem. Verse 16 says, “When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.” (NASB)
In most cases when I'm given a task at work, I feel incompetent. I never say “I can't,” but I usually don't believe, “aw, I got this!” Even in my initial interview I told them “I feel like I can do anything.” When really I was scared they'd hire me and find out I was useless!
What's interesting to me is, a couple chapters before the wall was completed in Nehemiah, the people said this: “…we ourselves are unable to rebuild the wall.” (Nehemiah 4:10 NASB). Makes me laugh cause it sounds a lot like me feeling incompetent.
Here's my point: Relying on God is the only way we can truly do anything right. When we recognize that the work and any accomplishments we've achieved are not by our own might, but “with the help of our God,” we see things with the right perspective.
It's easy for a person to take all the credit for an accomplishment they've achieved, but the truth is, they didn't do it on their own and anyone who believes they did, is deceived.
God is the giver of all gifts, (see below: James 1:17, Romans 11:29, 1 Peter 4:10) therefore, He also deserves all the glory.
Think of it like this, if a person's boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, etc. gave them some shoes and another person complimented them, most people's natural response would be, “Thank you, my (fill in the blank) got them for me!”
The giver gets the glory, say it with me, “The Giver Gets the Glory!”
My prayer is that my life and any achievements that may come my way, will always reflect this truth.
The moment ya'll catch me absorbing and not deflecting the glory, please feel free to send a slap across my face…a couple of them, if necessary.
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17 NASB)
“for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29 NASB)
“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10 NASB)