Daily Dose – August 22

                ‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.  ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. -- Matthew 6:1-4 It’s easy to mess things up.  You work hard on the chili only to discover that you forgot to stir in the chili powder.  Tasteless.  You drive the ball long and straight down the middle and then 3 putt.  Bogey.  The same is true in a life of devotion to God.  You cut a nice check to the church and then strut like a gobbler about it.  Bad.  You do something nice for a neighbor in need and then look for an opportunity to share the charitable act with your class.  Bogey.  The need to blow our own horn is a temptation familiar to everyone.  We like for people to know what a good guy we were last Tuesday.  We want people to see us in the light of kindness and compassion.  Throwing our trumpet in the deep blue sea ain’t easy.  Blow that trumpet if you want to, said our Lord Jesus.  But, when sound gives way to silence, you are done.  Serve in secret.  God lives with both eyes open.  The need for applause and praise can be as addictive as any opioid.  So, be careful to swallow your pride and let your good deeds be between just you and the good Lord.  All the saints of the ages understand that the only audience that matters is God. Dr. Don Martin