'Giving Credit to God'
[Jesus said,] "...your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."
The usual presumption is that when you do something good you should not attract attention to yourself. Pray in secret, not in public. When you help others, keep it to yourself. And so forth. Now, however, Jesus evidently says just the opposite. Let the light of your good deeds be seen by others. When you donate money to a good cause, don't be embarrassed when the spotlight of public attention falls on you. When you volunteer and others compliment you for it, don't deny anything. Let your light shine! Others may be inspired by your example and do likewise. Just remember: In your heart and in your words, give all the credit to your heavenly Father. That's the ticket.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne