Why is praise so important to some?

There is none of us who don’t appreciate a thank you or a job well done. Most of us smile when we’re acknowledged but then soon forget about it, the good deed wasn’t done for a thank you, we’re just happy to help.

But, what makes some crave praise? Perhaps it’s the release of endorphins to the brain, that feel-good high. Could it be that there is more to it than endorphins? Maybe it’s something embedded in our souls?

When Adam and Eve sinned and were cast of the garden, Satan became the ruler of the earth. No matter what color your skin is or what language you speak, we are Adam and Eve’s descendants. We don’t have to be taught to want what we want, and we will find a way to get it! Children don’t need instructions to take toys from their friends, they want them and they take them. Praise takes work to get, it’s never free, something must be done for praise to be administered.

Praise is praise whether it’s for doing good or sometimes evil. Some people idolize murders, activists, politicians, doctors, lawyers and the list goes on. Who we praise depends on who we want to be like. Our heroes vary from person to person.

There is one person who is due all praise, Jesus Christ! Why is it so hard for people to give him praise? We don’t have a hard time lifting our voices to the musicians on the stage or the hero in our minds. But giving Jesus praise for all he has done for us seems so hard. A small whisper of his name, if he is lucky. We can’t seem to find time to lift our hands and exalt him but we can go out of our way to lift them when our team is winning as we shout their name.

Jesus didn’t die just so we would give him praise, he died so we could sit and talk with him, share our needs and desires. Like everyone else, Jesus smiles when we praise him for being himself. Full of mercy, forgiveness, love, and salvation. A day is soon coming when every hand shall be lifted to him. Either in praise or fear because judgment will come to all. The only two things you can never escape are death and taxes.

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