The above title is not talking about the, “Psst…hey, can I tell you something” kind of secret. This connotation is a lot more positive. Although I am sure he was not the first person to say something like this, Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.” That is a neat little saying that leads to an interesting little question. Have you ever had anyone begin to give you credit for something that you did not do? Did you correct them or did you let them continue to give you credit for the deed that was done? The answer to that has the possibility to lead to a lot more questions, eh? But on the flip side, have you ever been in the position where you could have taken the credit for something that you actually did but you passed on the spotlight?
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with receiving credit for a good deed or a job well done but when a person has the ability to do something good for a fellow neighbor and they are able to keep it quite, that person is getting a reward that has more benefits than the outward recognition. It’s the reward that helps to shape a giving character and a caring heart in the sight of God.
King Solomon finished the great book of Ecclesiastes by reminding his readers about a fact that is both sobering and satisfying, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14) While most of us tend to think about the negative side of that scripture (and never should we neglect the truth it teaches), the positive side of it can be just as strong and encouraging! (more…)