Someone said, “Good deeds should be done with intention—not for attention.” The quote reminds us of an important truth Jesus taught about our attitudes in doing good deeds. We find it in Matthew chapter 6: Jesus said, “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Jesus’ words are timely. If we are not careful, boasting about our achievements, travels, wealth, or even our recognitions can prevent others from knowing what God has done. Since God is the source of all we have and achieve, we must be careful to give him the credit for the blessings He gives us.

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