I once read an amazing story about a young mosquito, who always loved being the best in all he did. He was never happy unless his peers and others clapped for him.
One day, after several flight technique tutorials by his father, the young mosquito went out flying for the first time in its life.
When the young mosquito returned home. The father asked, “How does it feel?”
The mosquito replied; “It was Great! Everyone was clapping for me.”
The father then replied, “My son, what you thought was applause was not. Each time you heard the clap, they just missed killing you.”
My beautiful Tewahedo Orthodox Christians, the applause of the world are temporary, but the applause of God are for eternity. In life, not all who clap for you are happy for you. So be watchful of who is clapping for you and whose claps you are seeking. As St. Paul says, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ (Galatians 1:10). If we go around seeking applause from people, then we are not going to live lives that serve Christ.
We must always be motivated to seek the applause and approval of God. After all, He’s the righteous judge. We will stand before His judgment seat. Therefore, He is the One we should seek to please.
Author Selam Seyoum
For the Lord is our judge,
The Lord is our lawgiver,
The Lord is our king;
He will save us.
Isaiah 33:22 (NKJV)