Taking Credit

Something was pulling the end of the line. It looked pretty strong but didn’t give much of a fight.

Normally the “fish-on” action is fast and furious. But strangely for this one, our fishing buddy, who was first to reach the quivered rod, reeled in the line slowly. The rest of us watched in anticipation to see what would come up.

Then our eyes popped. Our jaws dropped. A bright shiny red color appeared on the surface. Almost in synchrony, we burst out – “Red Grouper!”

Actually it was a Red Coral Trout weighing at least 3 kg. The fish is pretty. The species is rare. The size is enormous.

Everyone wanted a picture taken with this pretty red monster.Red Coral Trout

That is quite natural. But what was quite strange is that all the sudden everyone was taking credit for the fish.

“I am the one who landed the fish!”

“But it was my rod you are using.”

“I was the one who tied the rig – that counts.”

“Don’t forget pastor said the prayer.”

We had a good laugh claiming credits for the fish.

But I wonder if that is a minuscule reflection of a larger reality.

People want credit for every unforeseen success and unexpected attainment.

In any long acknowledgement of thanks, we bother to check to make sure our names are not inadvertently left out.

We want to be given credit, recognition and appreciation for the part we played. We want bragging rights.

Then came that long lull with no more bites. In that quiet wait it dawned upon us that it is the Lord who gave the blessing. God has blessed us with a wonderful catch. And we forgot to thank Him. He is the One who deserves all the credit but we were all seeking to take credit.

“Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:31).

Give God the credit. Don’t take credit. Anyway, who reads the long running credits at the end of a show?

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