A Woman’s Worth: More Than My Accolades

It feels good when other people recognize what we do, but we cannot allow their accolades to establish our worth.

We recently attended a farewell dinner for the members of my husband’s section who are moving soon. As I listened to his coworkers talk about the amazing things the guests of honor accomplished during their time in the unit, I remembered how I had once lived for awards and accolades.

We have a whole room full of framed memorabilia extolling my virtues as a Soldier. If When we stop striving for accolades and start giving God all the glory we become worth more than earthly currency can calculate. (1)you are associated with the Army, you know what I’m talking about – the famed I Love Me Wall.

Those earthly commendations made me feel worthy.

But they have no lasting worth.

Framed flags and mounted sabers don’t add to my value. My medals don’t make me worth any more to my Master. All our unit coins combined carry no eternal currency – no matter how many General’s stars they bear.

When I left the Army I entered a vocation where awards are few and far between. Aside from Mother’s Day, my failures are frequent and successes scarcely celebrated. People point out burned toast, dust bunnies, spotted glasses, and gross gourmet more often than they notice what’s done well. In fact, the fruits of my labors are rarely evident immediately. Often, no one even notices when I go above and beyond the call of duty. Some of my finer moments won’t be acknowledged this side of heaven.

Praise Based Worth

Working for the praise of man leaves us poor.

We are worth more than any earthly accolades. In fact, the Bible exhorts us to do our good works in secret and cautions us against receiving recognition here instead of in heaven.

Man may overlook us, but God never does.

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

So when you do give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others.

Truly, I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.

Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Matthew 6:1-4 NIV

Working for honor and glory in this life, disqualifies me from the rewards of the next. A humble heart doesn’t hunt for honor here, but holds fast to heavenly value. We will never be worth more to God than the moment His son died on the cross for us.

Temporary tributes, cursory complements, and passing praise cannot increase our worth.

Temporary tributes, cursory complements, and passing praise cannot increase our worth. #AWomansWorth Click To Tweet

Count It All As Loss

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in death.”

Philippians 3:8-10 NIV

I count it all as loss and look forward to the day when I’ll lay down my crown and receive my eternal reward.

My worth isn’t about me or my achievements. If it was, how worthless it would be. My worth rests on the works of Christ and the Word of God.

My worth rests on the works of Christ and the Word of God. #AWomansWorth Click To Tweet

When we realize our works are worthless apart from faith, we will finally begin to understand our eternal value. Works done by faith glorify God, not self. Seeking glory and honor for ourselves steals it from the One who created us to accomplish the good works He prepared for us.

When we stop striving for accolades and start giving God all the glory we become worth more than earthly currency can calculate.

“Not to us, LORD, not to us but to Your name be the glory,

because of your love and faithfulness.”

Psalm 115:1 NIV

“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power

and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

Revelation 7:12

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and

wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

Revelation 5:12

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all thins. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”

Romans 11:36

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Don’t miss the other great posts in this series:

A Woman’s Worth

More Than the Money I Make

More Than My Mothering

More Than My MESSES

More Than What’s In The Mirror

More Than I Can Be

More Than My Treasures

More Than My Labels

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A Woman's Worth More Than My Accolades

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16 thoughts on “A Woman’s Worth: More Than My Accolades

  1. Hey Liz! Why is it that every time I see this week’s title in my inbox, I smile and think, “She’s talking to me again!” Love this series, friend. Praying for you and the packing today:)

  2. I’m a sucker for accolades. And when I don’t get what I think I deserve, bitterness grows. Thanks for reminding me why I need to put God first!!

    1. Girl! me, too!! Words of affirmation is high on my love languages! I think you’re spot on about the bitterness taking root, too! XO

  3. THIS is such wonderfulness!!!! I had just been talking to my husband about wondering how others perceive us; especially at church. We’re fairly new to our church home and seem to have been thrust into great opportunities and responsibilities from the first couple of weeks after we got there! Those things can be pride boosters that we have to stuff down whenever it tries to rear its head, but at the same time move forward in our giftings and talents!
    Your post helps so much with that!! I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts! I’m visiting from the grace and truth linkup!

    1. Thanks, Kela! I’m so glad you and your husband have found a place to get involved in church. You’re so right – pride is a powerful weapon the enemy uses against us! I pray God will guide you and keep your hearts humble as you follow His lead in service! Blessings!

  4. Honestly, I can’t wait till I’m in heaven and my spirit will be whole and complete, ,bright and shiny, and this won’t be something I fight with anymore. It’s something we all crave and fight. This has been a great series! Keep up the great work, Liz! Blessings!- Andy

    1. Oh, Andy! I’m with you! So much to look forward to in heaven, but a little heaven here on earth would be pretty nice, too! Thanks for your encouragement!

  5. Wonderful post, and series. I hope to be back and read some more! What a great topic! I remember mom’s of my mother’s generation be-moaning that they “were never appreciated.” That echoes in my head. I’ve certainly have days like that too.
    Regardless: thank you for your service!

    1. Thanks for sharing, April. I don’t think it is an issue unique to my generation. But I’m thankful for every reminder that God sees me and loves me and that I get my worth from His Son and nothing I can do! Blessings!

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