This morning as I am preparing for my day with the Lord - I looked back over a section of Piper's book and found this note I had written. Don't EVER be a second-hander!
They don't live for the joy and satisfaction of achievement and obedience to the Lord - they live with one eye on their action or work, and one eye on their audience.
Our audience can be anyone. Our boss, our co-workers, the congregation if we are a worship leader or teacher/preacher, our spouse, our kids...you get the idea.
No lasting joy can ever be found in this kind of existence.
A second-hander is someone with a lack of true confidence in the Lord, in their calling - trying to compensate for their deficiencies by looking for compliments.
I KNOW without a shadow of doubt, there have been seasons in my life that I could be classified as a second-hander, but my prayer for this work day is that I'll stand strong in the Lord. Work with a God-given confidence that allows me to make decisions well and love those around me.
So I challenge each of you today - don't be a second-hander - no matter where God has placed you, at home, in the office, in whatever situation you find yourself as long as of course it's a place of obedience, be strong in Him.