Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. (Psalm 115:1)
Clever, strong, and skilled. If we would look at the medals we have collected in school, the trophies we have earned in competitions, the promotions we have obtained at work, the wealth we have amassed in our business ventures, the accolades we have received from people, even the badges we have won in life’s battles, we are clever. Strong. Skilled.
But not in and of ourselves. Our intelligences, our abilities, our talents—even our time and our life—are gifts. Loans. If God had not given us fully-functioning brains or resilient bodies, if He had not designed us with those specific skills, if He had not deemed us worthy of another day, even hour, we wouldn’t have accomplished anything. We only use what God has loaned us.
So, like the psalmist, let us say: “Not to us, Lord, but to your name be the glory!”