â€œMy lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to youâ€” I, whom you have redeemed.â€? Psalm 71:23 (NIV)
At a high school commencement, one graduate said, â€œI barely finished.Â If Iâ€™d blown it, my parents wouldâ€™ve killed me!â€?
Another student, adopted from an Asian-Pacific country, had a very different perspective.Â She said, â€œI want to express my deepest appreciation to my American parents for loving meâ€¦ I want to do everything I can to show them how much I love them and to make them proud of me!â€?
What a difference in their two perspectives!
So friend, how about your motivation?Â Do you serve your Heavenly Father out of fear that He would punish you?Â Or is it because you appreciate His great love and what Heâ€™s done for you?Â The Bible says, â€œMy lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to youâ€” I, whom you have redeemed.”
Thank Jesus for what He has done for you!
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