We put a lot of effort into our education. We strive for our best in our occupation. We take pride in accomplishments. All that is fine, and we should, as long as it doesn’t puff us up with pride. Some banter around the phrase “self made people”, but there is really no such thing. Psalm 100 tells us that it is God who created us and we are His. Paul says, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price”.(I Corinthians 6:19-20) As we go along in the various stages of life we need to recognize and acknowledge the hand of God who guides, who opens some doors, and closes others. Self made? No. God made? Yes. And the more we humbly give honor and thanks to the One who cares deeply about us, the more we are able to grow in trust and live in His peace.