But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
I cry aloud to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy hill. Psalms 3:3-4.
I literally just finished filing out my annual self-evaluation. I don’t think I am alone in this experience. This month working men and women all over the world will be tallying up their accomplishments to inform their superiors of their activity and hopefully persuade those superiors to retain, and even reward, them in the year ahead.
My current employer utilizes a supremely comprehensive document that has been known to try the patience of more than a few of the saints. The fun part about the process is that it gives me a chance to look back over the year and to be reminded about cool things that happened and to be grateful for the Lord’s work in my life.
Besides the tedium of the process itself, the negative thing about completing this particular self-evaluation is that it feels like a shameless exercise in self-aggrandizement. One doesn’t want to fail to accurately report one’s activities but by the end of the form I rather fail to recognize the uber-achiever it portrays.
My friends, if this whole self-evaluation experience gets you down, look to the Lord for rest. If it feels like your own evaluation is unflattering, remember that the Lord is your shield from external foes and the lifter of your head from internal shame. I have certainly had those periods where I needed both.
But if your evaluation, like my university’s, leads you to wonder why you have not been memorialized on Mt. Rushmore, remember that our glory comes from God alone. We do nothing of eternal value apart from Him. And that is a very happy state of affairs. Our employers will require us to impress them again next year, but the Lord’s glory that rests upon is eternal.