It starts out rather innocently. Someone extends a compliment or they express, in some fashion, their approval. You soak up their words like a sponge and think that what you just did or said was good. You weren’t really trying to do or say good things, you were just going along in life being YOU, but your sponge is dry and a seed gets planted somewhere inside and before you know, that seed takes root. It finds an empty, dark place to root and begins to grow. And as it grows, it hears betweens it’s ears, “THAT. That was good. Do more good.”

Because good, of course…is good.

So you find yourself TRYING to do and say more good things. To BE good. You are intentional and forthright and put added time and thought into what the next good thing could be that has your name and face attached. And one day you wake up tired because the joy and excitement of living is gone because it has begun to feel like work and you realize along the way, you’ve become a performer on some stage selling cheap tickets for a midday matinee.

You find yourself, more times than not, rehearsing your lines in your head or out loud in the car while you drive and you perfect each and every detail. Comedy, thriller, tragedy…you’re the star of a one man show and no one’s to blame for the long hours and the late night rehearsing but y-o-u.

You diligent and faithful workhorse.

**work harder**  The bar has been set and now you must exceed it  **work harder**

Stage left…

You stand before your audience and you anticipate their cheer, but instead, they are drowned out by the loud and rather long clapping that sounds kind of sad from someone hidden in the dark depths of the shadows…

He stands and cheers, but not for anything that you have said or done…

He cheers for y-o-u. Your heart knows it’s Him the moment the bravado begins…

He adores you, just as you are. Trying. Striving. Longing…it doesn’t make much difference to Him what you are outwardly doing for He is spellbound, not by your wit or your humor, but by y-o-u. His greatest desire has always been and will always be for you to understand your why…

This revelation alone takes center stage and becomes your greatest act of worship.

Life is not a performance and you do not live on a stage. Step off.

Step on step off step on step off step on step off step off step off step on step off step off…

Do it as many times as you need to, do it one-thousand times…as long as you become increasingly aware WHY you take center stage instead of your worship.

For we become like the One we worship…

May the stage never become our platform.